Steve Stricker thrilled with Presidents Cup role

Steve Stricker ahead of Presidents Cup

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Steve Stricker says he is delighted to be named as one of Jay Haas’ assistant captains for the upcoming Presidents Cup in October.

The United States will take on a rest of the world side in South Korea in the autumn as they look to win their sixth straight title following their most recent success in Ohio in 2013.

Stricker has been part of the American side’s playing squad for the last four successes and he will now act as one of captain Haas’ three assistants, alongside Fred Couples and Davis Love III at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.

The 48-year-old revealed his honour at being named as a vice-captain and he admitted that he is delighted to be involved in another team event.

He said: “I’m honoured that Jay asked me to join the U.S. team as one of his captain’s assistants. I absolutely love the team atmosphere of the Presidents Cup and would have been sad to miss out on it for the first time in a decade.”

The veteran has only played in eight events this season following hip surgery in December with his best result to date coming in the Crowne Plaza Invitational in May when he finished in a tie for 27th.

Despite this lack of form, Haas has not ruled out his assistant earning a place in the squad as a player, although he acknowledged it would require a late season flurry of successes from the 12-time PGA Tour event winner.

He revealed: “Hopefully he’ll get hot here and make the team outright.
But if he does not do that, one way or the other he’s going to be in Korea for us.”

The US are the 1.40 favourites to win the event that will take place in Incheon between October 8-11, whilst the international team are on offer at 3.25 and the draw is available at 15.00.

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