Mickelson, Haas, Bowditch and Bae chosen for Cup

Tue Sep 8, 2015 6:57pm EDT
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) - Jay Haas sprang something of a surprise in opting for experience while Nick Price banked on form and 'home' advantage when they announced their captain's picks on Tuesday for next month's Presidents Cup in Incheon, South Korea.

Haas chose his son, Bill Haas, and Cup veteran Phil Mickelson, who had been viewed by many as a long shot after struggling for form for much of the past two years, as his wild cards for the U.S. team.

Price went for Australian Steven Bowditch and Korean Bae Sang-moon to round out his 12-man International lineup for the Oct. 8-11 matches at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in suburban Seoul.

Haas will be making his third appearance in the biennial team competition while Mickelson will extend his record run to 11, having played in every edition since the Presidents Cup was launched in 1994.

The selection of Haas was always likely as the 33-year-old won his sixth PGA Tour title at the Humana Challenge in January and finished 11th in the Cup standings, just one spot shy of automatic qualification.

Five-times major champion Mickelson, however, languished in 30th spot, having not triumphed on the PGA Tour since the 2013 British Open, though his form has steadily improved in recent months.

"Phil has made the past 20 Ryder Cups and Presidents Cup teams without needing a pick so, if anyone deserves a pick, it's Phil Mickelson," Jay Haas said of the 45-year-old.

"He was without question the leader of our team in the team room and on the golf course. The guys on the team were adamant that Phil was the guy."   Continued...

 
Sep 4, 2015; Norton, MA, USA; Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round at the Deutsche Bank TPC of Boston. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports