Date: April 13, 2016
Author: Mark Hayes

Price takes Presidents Cup reins again

Nick Price today signed on for another tilt as the International team’s captain as it chases the elusive Presidents Cup.

The Zimbabwean, who first led the team in Ohio in 2013, watched his team come within centimetres a second cup in 11 attempts in Korea last year.

Price, who played five times on the International team, including the inaugural Cup in 1994, will square off against an American team led by first-time captain Steve Stricker.

The 2017 Presidents Cup will be played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, from September 28 through October 1.

Price has 18 US PGA Tour victories as well as three major triumphs with wins at the Open in 1994 and the PGA Championship in 1992 and 1994.

“It's an honour for me to continue to serve as International team captain once again in 2017,” he said.

“The Presidents Cup has meant so much to me and to my career, both as a player and a captain, and I'm excited to have another chance to be a part of this great event.

“I am so looking forward to leading what I'm sure will be another very strong International team and having another opportunity to win the Cup, after such a close finish last year.

“Steve will be a tremendous captain for the US team in 2017, as he has always been a tenacious competitor and is respected by so many of us who play the game. I know he will be a tough opponent as well as a very popular captain.”

Price won acclaim for his leadership in 2015 after leading a strong comeback bid against the Americans in Incheon, South Korea, where the hunt eventually fell one point short, 15.5-14.5.

But the tight result renewed interest in the event the Americans have dominated 9-1-1 since its inception.

As a player, Stricker made five appearances for the US squad and served as an assistant captain to Jay Haas last year.

“This event has meant a lot to me,” Stricker said.

“I'm incredibly honoured to have been selected as US Team captain for the Presidents Cup, and am looking forward to it coming to Liberty National, one of my favourite venues.”

Jason Day and Adam Scott lead the standings for selection on the International team, which won’t be finalised until Price’s captain’s picks are made in September next year.

With the top 10 automatic selections before two more from Price, Marc Leishman is currently eighth in the standings, while Marcus Fraser (16), Matt Jones (17), Scott Hend (21), Steve Bowditch (22), Cameron Smith (26) and John Senden (27) are also in early consideration.

The 2019 Presidents Cup will return to Melbourne, at a venue yet to be confirmed.