Jersey City, New Jersey – With the start of competition at the 2017 Presidents Cup less than one month away, the final four players for the event were determined today as International Team Captain Nick Price and U.S. Team Captain Steve Stricker announced their Captains’ Selections. Price chose Emiliano Grillo of Argentina and Anirban Lahiri of India, while Stricker selected Charley Hoffman and Phil Mickelson.
With these picks, the International Team has 22 previous Presidents Cup appearances amongst its members with four players making their Presidents Cup debuts. Those numbers are 20 and six for the U.S. Team, with the six rookies matching 1996 and 2011 for the most in team history. Mickelson will continue his reign as the only player to compete in all 12 Presidents Cups, dating back to the inaugural event in 1994.
The International Team consists of the top-10 international players (non-U.S. and non-European) from the Official World Golf Ranking as of September 4, 2017, plus two captain’s selections. The U.S. Presidents Cup Team is comprised of the top-10 U.S. players who earned the most FedExCup points from September 15, 2015, through September 4, 2017, with points earned starting with the 2016 BMW Championship doubled, plus two captain’s selections.
International Team Captain’s Picks
Emiliano Grillo (No. 11) will join the three Presidents Cup rookies who automatically qualified for the International Team [Si Woo Kim (No. 8), Jhonattan Vegas (No. 9), and Adam Hadwin (No. 10)] while Anirban Lahiri (No. 16) will return for his second Presidents Cup appearance.
Grillo, 24, is the second Argentinian to compete in the Presidents Cup, joining only Angel Cabrera (2005, 2007, 2009, 2013). The winner of the 2016 Safeway Open in his first PGA TOUR start as a full member, Grillo went on to qualify for the TOUR Championship as a rookie and earned 2016 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors. He also represented Argentina at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Grillo has followed up a successful first season with two top-10 finishes in 24 starts, as well as solo 11th results at both the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and THE PLAYERS Championship. Grillo is currently No. 62 in the FedExCup standings.
Lahiri, 30, is back for his second Presidents Cup appearance after finishing with a 0-3-0 record in his debut in 2015. He has won 18 times worldwide and also represented India last summer at the Rio Olympics. Lahiri began his 2016-17 campaign with a T3 at the CIMB Classic and later added his best career finish on the PGA TOUR at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, where a 7-under 65 in the final round led to a T2 result. In his second appearance in the FedExCup Playoffs, Lahiri has advanced to the BMW Championship as the last man in at No. 70 in the standings.
“Emiliano has always been on our radar since earning the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year award last year,” said Price. “He’s an explosive player who can make a lot of birdies, and he’s proven he can win on TOUR. He made eight birdies in the final round at TPC Boston on Monday. He’s been on the cusp of qualifying for the International Team via the standings for the last few months, and at No. 11, we feel his consistent performance over the past two years definitely warrants a pick. With Anirban at No. 16 in the standings, picking him may surprise some people, but my captain’s assistants and I felt like the team needed an additional player who has experienced Presidents Cup pressure before. We have three rookies who qualified, plus Emiliano making his debut. Anirban’s experience in South Korea two years ago will be invaluable for him, and the International Team, at Liberty National this year.”
Player Country Prior appearances Record Pos. to start season
Hideki Matsuyama Japan 2013, 2015 3-4-2 4
Jason Day Australia 2011, 2013, 2015 4-8-3 1
Adam Scott Australia 2003-05-07-09-11-13-15 13-17-5 2
Louis Oosthuizen South Africa 2013, 2015 5-3-2 5
Marc Leishman Australia
2013, 2015 3-4-1 11
Charl Schwartzel South Africa 2011, 2013, 2015 6-7-1 7
Branden Grace South Africa 2013, 2015 5-4-0 3
Si Woo Kim South Korea 10
Jhonattan Vegas Venezuela
Adam Hadwin Canada 58
* Emiliano Grillo Argentina 6
* Anirban Lahiri India
2015 0-3-0 22
U.S. Team Captain’s Picks
Charley Hoffman, who finished No. 11 in the U.S. Team standings and less than one point behind No. 10 Kevin Chappell, will be one of six members of the U.S. Team to make his Presidents Cup debut. The last U.S. Presidents Cup rookie chosen as a captain’s pick was Jordan Spieth in 2013.
It’s been a year of close calls for Hoffman, as the 40-year-old PGA TOUR veteran has seven top 10s in 2016-17, including runner-up finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and the RBC Canadian Open. A four-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Hoffman is currently No. 12 in the FedExCup standings.
A World Golf Hall of Fame member with 42 career PGA TOUR wins, Mickelson, 47, will take on a leading role for the U.S. Team, as the only player to compete in all 12 Presidents Cups. Including the Ryder Cup, Mickelson will have played in 23 consecutive team matches for the United States dating back to 1994. He owns a 23-16-12 record in the Presidents Cup, and will have the opportunity to pass Tiger Woods (24-15-1) for the most matches won in Presidents Cup history. Mickelson’s 2016-17 season is highlighted by five top-10 finishes, including a T6 at last week’s Dell Technologies Championship, which represents his best finish in a stroke-play event this season. Mickelson is currently No. 36 in the FedExCup standings, jumping 22 spots after a successful week at TPC Boston.
“I’ve had my eye on the 11th spot as it came down to a tight race between two very talented players,” said Stricker. “Charley has played well all year and had a great summer. He’s shown a lot of fight and will be a great addition to our team. “As for Phil, he is so valuable in the team room and is a tremendous partner on the golf course. As someone who has been on 22 straight teams, he’s a deserving pick, and he showed that with his strong play in Boston at the Dell Technologies Championship last week.”
Player Prior appearances Record Pos. to start season
Dustin Johnson 2011, 2015 4-4-1 1
Jordan Spieth 2013, 2015 5-4-0 2
Justin Thomas 8
Rickie Fowler 2015 1-3-0 20
Daniel Berger 7
Brooks Koepka 18
Kevin Kisner 13
Patrick Reed 2015 1-2-1 3
Matt Kuchar 2011, 2013, 2015 4-7-2 11
Kevin Chappell 4
* Charley Hoffman 25
* Phil Mickelson 1994-96-98-00-03-05-07-09-11-
13-15 23-16-12 12