Date: October 06, 2016
Author: Golf Australia

Ogilvy one of the Presidents men

Geoff Ogilvy took the next step in his golfing career today, taking a role as vice-captain of the International team for next year's Presidents Cup.

Captain Nick Price, of Zimbabwe, chose the Melburnian alongside Ernie Els and Tony Johnstone in a leadership team that signifies a distinct changing of the guard.

Confirming that notion, American captain Steve Stricker chose Fred Couples and Davis Love, but also locked in Tiger Woods.

"Captains' Day" was held today, just under a year from the 2017 edition to be held at Liberty National Golf Club, New Jersey, from September 26.

Ogilvy, the 2006 US Open champion, played on three consecutive International teams (2007, 2009, 2011) and forged a 7-6-1 record.

“The Presidents Cup is an amazing tournament,” Ogilvy said.

“I didn't make the last two Presidents Cups when Nick was captain, but I talked to him a lot during the whole time and I was pretty impressed with how he managed it.

"Korea (2015) seemed to be a really, really good Presidents Cup. I was very excited when he called me.

"It’s been my favourite three weeks of golf ever by a long stretch, the three Presidents Cups I’ve played. It’s not even close for second.

"It’s an incredible time and this one, especially, might be the coolest venue for one of these top team events ever.”

One of the world’s most picturesque golf courses, Liberty National is located along the Hudson River, with striking views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline.

It will be just the fourth golf course in the United States to host the prestigious team match-play competition, joining Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia, (1994, 1996, 2000, 2005), TPC Harding Park in California (2009) and Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio (2013).

Price was excited to welcome Ogilvy, renowned as a great student and thinker of the game, to his team.

“Geoff loves the Presidents Cup and that passion for the event will make him an invaluable asset to the team,” Price said.

"He also has a great relationship with many of the potential International team members, especially the younger players.

"His insight and perspective will be a welcomed addition to the process, and I couldn’t be happier that he’s accepted the job.”