De Jonge repays captain for Presidents Cup pick

Sat Oct 5, 2013 1:20pm EDT
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By Julian Linden

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Brendon de Jonge repaid Nick Price for including him in the Internationals team for the Presidents Cup with another brilliant performance on Friday.

Price was criticized for choosing his fellow Zimbabwean with one of his two captain's picks but de Jonge justified his selection by teaming up with South Africa's Ernie Els to win a vital point in Friday's foursomes.

Playing against Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas, the duo cruised to a 4&3 victory over the Americans in fading light at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

"We both played great today," de Jonge said. "We kept the pressure on them from the start which was obviously the key in this format. It was nice to get that win under our belt."

Despite being one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour this season, and making more birdies (399) than any other player, the 33-year-old de Jonge was a controversial choice for the Internationals.

Ranked 63rd in the world, he was given the nod to play in his first Presidents Cup ahead of South Africa's Tim Clark, who had represented the Internationals three times before.

When de Jonge was picked, Els, one of the most experienced and respected players in the team, came out in support of the Zimbabwean and asked Price if the pair could play together.

"Nick was in a very difficult situation. When you have captain's picks, always somebody is going to be disappointed. And obviously in this case it was Tim Clark," Els said.   Continued...

International team member Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe (R) is watched by teammate Ernie Els of South Africa as he tees off the ninth hole during the opening Four-ball matches for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes