Yesterday we looked at the decisions faced by Team USA Captain Fred Couples in a couple of weeks in terms of his two captain's picks for the 2013 President's Cup. The event will be held at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio October 3 – 6.
But what of the International team's Captain Nick Price?
The top ten players for the International Team seem set unless something radical happens during the FedEx Cup series or in upcoming global tournaments. But there is one twist.
Another competitor may indeed get a spot on the squad automatically due to injuries suffered by former Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen that have sidelined him. Oosthuizen is expected to be out another five weeks or so.
Price expressed his concern in an interview late last month with AP writer Rusty Miller.
''I spoke to him and he's not going to play until the Dunhill Cup, which is the week before the Presidents Cup,'' said Price, who won what was then called the World Series of Golf at Firestone in 1983. ''So we really won't know until he's match fit or not until the week before. Since he's one of the top four or five players I have on the team, it's a concern.''
Right now Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Mark Leishmann of Australia are neck and neck in 11th and 12th place in the International team rankings, so it's likely one of them would take Oosthuizen's spot if he's unable to go.
The other nine players that are pretty much locks for the team are top ranked Masters Champion Adam Scott, four time major winner Ernie Els, former Masters Champ Charl Schwartzel, Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Richard Stern, two time major champion Angel Cabrera, and Tim Clark.
Price's Captain's picks possibilities aren't much clearer than his Team USA counterpart. Since Team USA has dominated this event, many of the players in the pool of possibilities don't have outstanding cup resume's. But it's hard to ignore former U.S. Open champ Geoff Oglivy, who is tied for the most singles matches wins in history for the Internationals. He's currently ranked 18th in cup points. He's a strong possibility.
Price will also have a couple of other former major champions to consider. Amongst them are two time major winner Vijay Singh, and two time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen. Both of them have struggled the past couple of years which will likely hurt their chances.
Price may be more likely to look to others like Sang-Moon Bae, who won the HP Byron Nelson Classic earlier this year on U.S. turf. Other possibilities are Brendon De Jonge, Marcus Frazier, or John Sendon. They all have played well at times state side, as well as in global events.
Like Fred Couples, Nick Price will announce his selections on September 4th. As we wrap the FedEx Cup during the month of September, we'll have more to say about this event as it nears.
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