Haas, Price named captains for 2015 Presidents Cup

Wed Jun 4, 2014 5:42pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Jay Haas will captain the U.S. Presidents Cup team in 2015 while Zimbabwe's Nick Price will return as International team captain, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said on Wednesday.

The biennial competition, which pits a 12-man team from the United States against a line-up of international players from outside Europe, will be played in South Korea from Oct. 8-11 at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Songdo, marking the first Presidents Cup to be staged in Asia.

Price, who played on five Presidents Cup teams, was captain at the 2013 matches at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, won by the U.S. team 18-1/2 to 15-1/2.

"I'm delighted to be asked to do this again," Price said at a news conference presenting the captains in Ridgedale, Montana, site of this week's Champions Tour event. "Last year was a learning experience for me."

Price named Korean PGA Tour member K.J. Choi as his vice captain and said it was appropriate the event, which alternates between U.S. and international venues, has come to South Korea, which has become a "powerhouse in golf."

Choi said it would be a great pleasure to work with Price.

"People in Korea are thrilled and excited about this event," said Choi. "Seeing the Presidents Cup played in Korea will be the most incredible experience for my country.

"I hope that we will win this time."

Haas played on three Presidents Cup teams and served as an assistant to captain Fred Couples in the last three events, which were won by the U.S. side. His son, Bill, played on the previous two U.S. teams.   Continued...

U.S. Team players Tiger Woods (L) and Jay Haas confer on the 11th hole during the second practice round for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Keane