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Mar 29 2016

Wednesday Grand Pro-Am tee times 3-30-16

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Tee times and player groupings for the 3-30-16 Shell Houston Open Grand Pro-Am played on the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course. Professional listed first.

1 Tee
7:15 AM - Jordan Spieth, Marvin Odum, Roger Penske, Emmitt Smith, Secretary James A. Baker
7:25 AM - Johnson Wagner, Bruce Culpepper, Herm Edwards, Roger Clemens, Joel Cowley
7:35 AM - J.B. Holmes, Paul Stanifer, Steve Dujka, Marshall Dujka, Max Alvarez
7:45 AM - Steven Bowditch, Joe Bauml, Brent McNamara, Brian Mogler, Erik Magnuson
7:55 AM - Matt Jones, Roland Beck, John Woods, Jeff Houston, Bruce McClendon
8:05 AM - Charl Schwartzel, Raimundo Baroja, Jose Carceller Arce, Jose Couret, Jorge Villavecchia
8:15 AM - Dustin Johnson, Blake Trahan, Steve Elliott, Ernie Cockrell, Larry Ruple
8:25 AM - Patrick Reed, Don Hill, JP Fjeld-Hansen, Michael Dujka, Lloyd Sanford
8:35 AM - Hunter Mahan, Michael Chang, Daniel Chavez, Brian Hickman, Ed Solymosy
8:45 AM - Ben Martin, Chuck Jones, Kim Jones, Paul Gregory, Jim Oneil
8:55 AM -Steve Stricker ,Jim Black, Chris Evans, Bill Rocha, Bill Rankine
9:05 AM - Harris English, Dennis Seith, Scott Farmer, Kenny Martin, Dennis Don
9:15 AM - Henrik Stenson, David Bunch, Bud Denker, Ricky Delgado, Mike Pasilla
12:30 PM - Davis Love III, Terry Luedtke, Alex Moreno, JIM ADLER, Randy Sorrels
12:40 PM - Ryan Palmer, David Gallagher, Ron Shuman, Alan Smith, Greg McCain
12:50 PM - Stewart Cink, Paul DeStephano, Scott Moore, Robert Taylor, Corey Thompson
1:00 PM - Louis Oosthuizen, Fergie Theriault, Kyle Klingenberg, Brian McGrath, Ron Van De Pol
1:10 PM - Sergio Garcia, Kirbyjon Caldwell, Jeff Cohen, Ray Fisher, Gerald Smith
1:20 PM - Shane Lowry, Michael Morgan, Jeff Hines, Frank McGuyer, Will Galtney
1:30 PM - Brian Harman, Bret Aldridge, David Trice, Mike Shaw, Joey Dupuis
1:40 PM - Keegan Bradley ,Eddie Arvizu, Mike DeMarco, Scott Herington, Craig Moritz
1:50 PM - William McGirt, John Johnson, Mike Warren, Bill Floyd, John Bird
2:00 PM - Alex Cejka, Keith Morley, Dwayne Morley, Ed Summers, Bob Holbritter
10 Tee
7:15 AM - Rickie Fowler, Neil Kennish, Dan Wolterman, David Bradshaw, Chuck Stokes
7:25 AM - Daniel Berger, Murray Neal, John Mooz, Mark Hammer, Travis Overall
7:35 AM - Jimmy Walker, Juan Kemp, Willis Jefferys, Karl Fails, David Tucker
7:45 AM - Brooks Koepka, John Hollowell, Doug Belden, Scott Gutterman, Shane Lechler
7:55 AM - Gary Woodland, Dan Little, Brandon Logsdon, Clay Johnson, Mel Strine
8:05 AM - Jamie Donaldson, Ken Marnoch, Chris John, Michael Finley, Winfred Tubbs
8:15 AM - Sean O’Hair, Jeff Argast, Chris Eerkes, Tim McEvoy, Jason Davis
8:25 AM - Brendon de Jonge, Frank Azar, Michael Yamaki, Scott Burke, Brian Loncar
8:35 AM - Brendan Steele, Tom Buchholz, Randy Jones, David Herr, Clarence Cazalot
8:45 AM - James Hahn, John Katsikas, Scott Crowder, Gary Pearce, Ken Fisher
8:55 AM - Padraig Harrington, Jean Beakey, Andrew Friedl, Jeff Spencer, Mark Marshall
9:05 AM - Cameron Tringale,Steve Ledbetter, Dru Fanticola, Steve Sanner, Jim Funk
9:15 AM - Scott Piercy, Lonnie Hamilton, Greg Harper, Randall Crawford, Rob Schleider
12:30 PM - Charley Hoffman, Bill Hogg, Jay Crotts, Kayoor Gajarawala, Tracy Stiner
12:40 PM - Tony Finau, Ken Melber, Ron Henson, Don Wiese, Tim Carey
12:50 PM - Lee Westwood, Colin Abraham, Greg Henslee, Doug Ruble, Tony Bartholomew
1:00 PM - Kevin Chappell, Steve Morgan, James McDeavitt, Rob Adams, Don Minnick
1:10 PM - Shawn Stefani, David Bray, Patrick Graham, Mike Tooley, M.J. Castelo
1:20 PM - David Hearn, Marty Mortimore, Stu Crum, John Buckley, Bill Kent
1:30 PM - Zac Blair, Gray Lisenby, Keith Burba, Matthew Meloy, Lee Jacobe
1:40 PM - Russell Henley, Tim Robinson, James Crane, Mike Burke, David Matheson
1:50 PM - Bryce Molder, Ed Keppler, Bob Vandergriff, Robert Pierce, Kirby Sanford
2:00 PM - John Senden, Ignacio Torras, Kevin Mirner, Ray Katekovich, Fred DuPre

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Mar 26 2016

Shell Houston Open Monday Pro-Am Groupings

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Monday Pro-Am player groupings and hole assignments.

Professional will be drawn 30 minutes prior to play

1A Marvin Odum, Patrick Weston, Jim Brothers, Tom Forestier

1B Mike Vrabel, Jon Weeks, John Butler, Brian Cushing

2A Mason Herring, Daniel Horowitz, Robert Jasse, Rebecca Jasse

2B Chris Berry, David Hernandez, Shay McGarr, David Larza

3A John Schmidt, Marshall Dujka, Steve Dujka, Tom Dement

4A Tyson Faust, Brett Boswell, Larry Hanline, Scott Murray

5A Rick Seamon, Joey Aguilar, Andrew Foxwell, Gilbert Guzman

6A William Bruckmann, Robert Casselman, Mike Clarke, Wes Johnson

7A Brian Miller, Andy Hayes, Craig Heiser, Michael Preston

8A Bob Zorich, Jon Linker, Buddy Bolt, Tom Fuller

9A Ken Rosenbaum, Charles Johnson, Marc Askew, Shepard Perrin

9B Willie Chesnut, Kurt Martin, Bill Burke, Kip Watkins

10A Clair Peterson, Paul Scranton, Craig Doyal, Amy Doyal

10B Dave Hilfman, Robert Bramlette, Russ Compa, Kevin Spars

11A Doug Deaver, Steve Nowicki, Rob Zmudka, Ken Applegate

12A Doug Lyles, Jerry Martin, Randy McIlvoy, Greg Grissom

13A Ben Lawrence, Amro Hamza, Bob Abendschein, Chad Shuff

14A Scott Hooper, Jay Kouns, David Lewis, Joe Palastro

15A Joe Primo, Tommy Miller, Ray Bib, Jay Muscat

15B Rob Couture, Brad Walker, Matt Frederick, TK Kim

16A Ben Schmidt, Dean Burke, Tim Latiolais, John McDonald

17A Trent Romero, Robert Heginbottom, Gerry Flood, Robert Smith

17B Josh Hancock, Greg Pitts, Brent Tritschler, Kyle Harding

18A Pat Mulvey, Gary Hough, Thomas Rushing, Bob Marshall

 

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Feb 03 2016

SHO skybox construction underway

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While tournament week is almost two months away, construction on the myriad of skyboxes and tents is now underway on the Tournament Course at the Golf Club of Houston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HUMBLE, TX (Feb. 1, 2016) — Construction on Shell Houston Open skyboxes is now underway on the Tournament Course at the Golf Club of Houston.

Operations Manager Trey Jackson has begun overseeing the process of the placement of hospitality and concession tents as well as grandstands. Houston’s PGA TOUR event is set for the week of March 28-April 3. J.B. Holmes is the defending champion. He prevailed in a three-man sudden-death playoff  with Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner. It was the second straight playoff for the PGA TOUR’s 10th oldest tournament, which boasts 23 playoffs since 1946.

This is a special year for the Houston Golf Association event. Shell Oil Company is celebrating its 25th anniversary as title sponsor. Shell ranks as the third longest-serving title sponsor on the PGA TOUR. Houston Golf Association is also celebrating its 70th anniversary. Visit www.shellhoustonopen.com for player updates , tickets and parking information.

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Nov 17 2015

SHO Holiday Ticket Packages now available on-line

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Men’s striped Foot-Joy Performance golf shirt with tournament logo on left sleeve.

Women’s navy Foot-Joy Performance golf shirt with tone-on-tone logo on left hip

HUMBLE, TX (Nov. 18, 2015) — Houston Golf Association and the Shell Houston Open are offering a new way to get the perfect holiday gift almost instantly. Click this link to purchase specially priced tournament ticket packages through Extreme Tix. Offerings include convenient Good-Any-Day Grounds Tickets, Good-Any-Day Champions Pavilion Tickets and SHO Club 16 Tickets.You will then be able to print your tickets almost immediately. Purchasers will be shipped free of charge their choice of a tournament logo Men’s or Women’s performance golf shirt from the Foot-Joy line while supplies last.

Grounds Tickets are good for admission to the Shell Houston Open Wednesday through Sunday of tournament week. There are 10 or more open-to-the-public grandstands located throughout the Golf Club of Houston Tournament Course.

Champions Pavilion Tickets are good for admission to the tournament Wednesday through Sunday of tournament week, plus admission to the Champions Pavilion Tent located on golfer’s right of No. 18 fairway where food and beverage may be purchased.

SHO Club 16 Tickets are good for tournament admission on a day of your choice, plus admission to the covered skybox located at No. 16 green where food & beverage may be purchased. Choose the specific day you wish to attend, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. A one-day on-site parking pass is also included.

Don’t delay, supplies are limited. This promotion will run from Nov. 18-Dec. 18. Shirts will begin shipping Dec. 7. Here is the pricing:

  • $100–4 Good-Any-Day Grounds Tickets
  • $150–4 Good-Any-Day Champions Pavilion Tickets
  • $325–4 SHO Club 16 Tickets, plus 1 on-site parking pass (Must specify day when ordering—Thursday, March 31, Friday, April 1, Saturday, April 2, Sunday, April 3)

With each package purchased receive your choice of ONE of the following:

Men’s Shell Houston Open Striped Golf Shirt (FJ ProDry Performance)
Logo on left sleeve
Sizes: S/M/L/XL/XXL

Ladies Shell Houston Open Solid Navy Golf Shirt (FJ ProDry Performance)
Tone-on-Tone logo on left hip

Sizes: S/M/L/XL

Tickets will be printed by the purchaser. The shirt is the only item that will be mailed to the purchaser

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Oct 20 2015

2015-2016 PGA TOUR Wrap-around Schedule

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2015-2016 PGA TOUR SCHEDULE

Oct. 15-18 — Frys.com Open

Oct. 22-25 — Shriners Hospital for Children Open, TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas.

Oct. 29-Nov. 1 — CIMB Classic, Kuala Lumpur Golf & CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nov. 5-8 — Sanderson Farms Championship, Country Club of Jackson, Jackson, Miss.

Nov. 5-8 — WGC-HSBC Champions, Sheshan International GC, Shanghai.

Nov. 12-15 — OHL Classic at Mayakoba, El Camaleon GC at the Mayakoba Resort, Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Nov. 19-22 — RSM Classic, Sea Island Resort (Seaside Course, Plantation Course), St. Simons Island, Ga.

Dec. 3-6 — Hero World Challenge, Albany, New Providence, Bahamas.

Dec. 10-12 — Franklin Templeton Shootout, Tiburon GC, Naples, Fla.

Jan. 7-10 — Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course), Kapalua, Hawaii.

Jan. 14-17 — Sony Open, Waialae CC, Honolulu

Jan. 21-24 — Career Builder Challenge, PGA West (Palmer Private, Nicklaus Private), La Quinta CC, La Quinta, Calif.

Jan. 28-31 — Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines GC (North and South), San Diego.

Feb. 4-7 — Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Feb. 11-14 — AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach GL-Spyglass Hill GC-Monterey Peninsula (Shore Course), Pebble Beach, Calif.

Feb. 18-21 — Northern Trust Open, Riviera CC, Los Angeles.

Feb. 25-28 — Honda Classic, PGA National GC (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

March 3-6 — WGC-Cadillac Championship, Trump National Doral (Blue Monster), Doral, Fla.

March 10-13 — Valspar Championship, Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead Course), Palm Harbor, Fla.

March 17-20 — Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Fla.

March 23-27 — WGC-Match Play Championship, Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas.

March 24-27 — Puerto Rico Open, Trump International GC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

March 31-April 3 — Shell Houston Open, Golf Club of Houston (Tournament Course), Humble, Texas.

April 7-10 — Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC, Augusta, Ga.

April 14-17 — RBC Heritage, Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

April 21-24 — Valero Texas Open, TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), San Antonio.

April 28-May 1 — Zurich Classic, TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.

May 5-8 — Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C.

May 12-15 — The Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium Course), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

May 19-22 — AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, TPC Four Seasons Resort, Irving, Texas.

May 26-29 — Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas.

June 2-5 — Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio.

June 9-12— FedEx St. Jude Classic, TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn.

June 16-19 — U.S. Open, Oakmont CC, Oakmont, Pa.

June 23-26 — Quicken Loans National, Congressional CC (Blue), Bethesda, Md.

June 30-July 3 — Barracuda Championship, Montreux Golf & CC, Reno, Nev.

June 30-July 3 — WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Firestone CC (South Course), Akron, Ohio.

July 7-10 — The Greenbrier Classic, The Greenbrier (The Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

July 14-17 — Barbasol Championship, RTJ Trail (Grand National Lake Course), Opelika, Ala.

July 14-17 — The Open Championship, Royal Troon GC, Ayshire, Scotland.

July 21-24 — RBC Canadian Open, Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario.

July 28-31 — PGA Championship, Baltusrol GC, Springfield, N.J.

Aug. 4-7 — Travelers Championship, TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

Aug. 11-14 — Olympic Men’s Golf Competition, Olympic Golf Course, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Aug. 11-14 — John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill.

Aug. 18-21 — Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, N.C.

Aug. 25-28 — The Barclays, Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale, N.Y.

Sept. 2-5 — Deutsche Bank Championship, TPC Boston, Norton, Mass.

Sept. 8-11 — BMW Championship, Crooked Stick GC, Carmel, Ind.

Sept. 22-25 — Tour Championship, East Lake GC, Atlanta

Sept. 30-Oct. 2 — Ryder Cup, Hazeltine National GC, Chaska, Minn.

 

 

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Oct 14 2015

U.S. wins Presidents Cup; Players with SHO ties had prominent roles

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The USA won the 2015 Presidents Cup for the sixth consecutive tournament, narrowly beating the Internationals 15.5-14.5 on Sunday in Incheon City, South Korea. Six members of the U.S. team competed in last spring’s Shell Houston Open as did five members of the International squad.

Bill Haas, the son of American team captain Jay Haas, clinched the win in the final singles match as he defeated Sangmoon Bae two up. Bill Haas was a captain’s pick so the performance was extremely gratifying for Jay Haas.

Phil Mickelson, a former Shell Houston Open champion, was also a captain’s pick. He was unbeaten. Other Shell Houston Open tie-ins included: Jay Haas won the Shell Houston Open in 1987, assistant captain Fred Couples won the Shell Houston Open in 2003, J.B. Holmes (2015 SHO champion) was selected to the team by Haas when Jim Furyk could not compete due to an injury.

The U.S. led each of the last four sessions by just one point as the spirited International side ran them close at every turn, but ultimately that point proved decisive as they were unable to overcome the deficit.

 Sunday’s final singles results:

Patrick Reed Halved Louis Oosthuizen

Rickie Fowler 6&5 Adam Scott*

Dustin Johnson* 2&1 Danny Lee

J.B. Holmes 1 Up Hideki Matsuyama*

Bubba Watson Halved Thongchai Jaidee

Jimmy Walker 2 Up Steven Bowditch*

Phil Mickelson 5&4 Charl Schwartzel

Chris Kirk 1 Up Anirban Lahiri

Jordan Spieth 1 Up Marc Leishman*

Zach Johnson 3&2 Jason Day

Matt Kuchar 2&1 Branden Grace*

Bill Haas 2 Up Sangmoon Bae

Saturday Fourball

Branden Grace / Louis Oosthuizen 1 UP over J.B. Holmes/Bubba Watson

Zach Johnson / Phil Mickelson 3&2 over Anirban Lahiri / Adam Scott

Sangmoon Bae / Hideki Matsuyama 6&5 over Chris Kirk / Jimmy Walker

Jordan Spieth / Patrick Reed 3&2 over Jason Day / Charl Schwartzel

Saturday Foursomes

Branden Grace / Louis Oosthuizen 3&2 over Patrick Reed / Rickie Fowler

Marc Leishman / Adam Scott HALVED with J.B. Holmes / Bubba Watson

Sangmoon Bae / Hideki Matsuyama HALVED with Matt Kuchar / Bill Haas

Dustin Johnson / Jordan Spieth 1 UP over Jason Day / Charl Schwartzel

Friday Match Results

Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace 4&3 over Dustin Johnson/Jordan Spieth

Danny Lee/Sangmoon Bae 1 UP over Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker

Zach Johnson/Phil Mickelson HALVED with Adam Scott/Jason Day

J.B. Holmes/Bubba Watson 2 UP over Marc Leishman/Steven Bowditch

Thongchai Jaidee/Charl Schwartzel 2&1 over Bill Haas/Chris Kirk

Thursday Match Results

Bubba Watson/J.B. Holmes 3&2 over Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama

Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace 3&2 over Matt Kuchar/Patrick Reed

Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker 5&4 over Anirban Lahiri/Thongchai Jaidee

Phil Mickelson/Zach Johnson 2 UP over Jason Day/Steven Bowditch

Jordan Spieth/Dustin Johnson 4&3 over Danny Lee/Marc Leishman

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Oct 06 2015

2015 Presidents Cup

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What: The Presidents Cup
When: October 6-11, 2015
Location: Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, Songdo International Business District, Incheon City, Korea Golf
  • This is the first playing of The Presidents Cup in Asia
  • Six of 12 U.S.  Team members played in the 2015 Shell Houston Open
  • Five of 12 International Team members played in 2015 Shell Houston Open
Course Architect Jack Nicklaus (Opened September 2010)
Par/Yardage:       Total: 7,380                       Par 72
Field: The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues.
U.S. Team - The top 10 U.S. players who earn the most official FedExCup points, beginning with the 2013 BMW Championship through the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship, with points earned in 2015 doubled.  Two captain’s selections were made September 8, 2015.                                             
International Team - The top 10 international players (excluding those eligible for the European Ryder Cup team) from the Official World Golf Ranking at the conclusion of the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship, and two captain’s selections made on September 8, 2015.
Captains – U.S. Team Captain Jay Haas makes his debut as captain as International Team Captain Nick Price returns to lead his squad for the second time. The International Team is looking for its second outright victory.
Format: The Presidents Cup competition consists of 30 matches:
  • Thursday – 5 Foursomes matches
  • Friday – 5 Four-ball matches
  • Saturday morning – 4 Foursomes matches
  • Saturday afternoon – 4 Four-ball matches
  • Sunday – 12 Singles matches
                                                                    
All matches are worth one point each, for a total of 30 points. There are no playoffs, with each side receiving a half point if a match is tied after 18 holes. In a change inspired by the events of The Presidents Cup 2003, if the match is deadlocked at the end of singles play, the competition will be deemed a tie and the teams will share The Presidents Cup.
Korea Television Times
Thursday, October 8              11 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                SBS
Friday, October 9                  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                  SBS
Saturday, October 10             7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.                             SBS
Sunday, Oct. 11                    10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.                      SBS
U.S. Television Times
Date                                      Time                                                 Channel
Wednesday, October 7           10 p.m. – 3 a.m. ET (live)                  Golf Channel
Thursday, October 8              2-7 p.m. ET (replay)                           Golf Channel
                                             8:30 p.m. – 3 a.m. ET (live)               Golf Channel
Friday, October 9                  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (replay)                    Golf Channel
                                             6 p.m. – 4 a.m. (live)                          Golf Channel
Saturday, October 10             12-3:30 p.m. ET (replay)                    NBC
                                             9:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (live)                   Golf Channel
Sunday, Oct. 11                    12-6 p.m. ET (replay)                         NBC
Charitable Distributions:  Unlike many other events, the players do not receive prize money based on performance.  Instead, the PGA TOUR pledges to contribute to charities, which are nominated by the players, captains and captains’ assistants from both teams.
PLAYER CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTIONS BY YEAR
1994 – US $ 750,000
            1996 – US $ 800,000
            1998 – US $ 2.9 million
            2000 – US $ 2.8 million
            2003 – US $ 2.8 million
            2005 – US $ 3.5 million
            2007 – US $ 4.2 million
            2009 – US $ 4.2 million
            2011 – US $ 4.5 million
            2013 – US $ 4.65 million
Additional donations were made to The First Tee of San Francisco ($500,000) and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal ($100,000) in 2009; to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal (following the Queensland floods) and New Zealand Earthquake disaster relief in 2011, as well as to additional Victorian-based charities (totaling $250,000); and to Nationwide Children’s Hospital ($125,000) in 2013, bringing the total amount generated for charity to more than $32.3 million (US).
U.S. TEAM
Player                            Prior appearances                                        Record          Pos. to start the season
  1. Jordan Spieth           2013                                                            2-2-0              7
  2. Bubba Watson         2011                                                            3-2-0              2                           
  3. Jimmy Walker                                                                                                   1
  4. Zach Johnson           2007, 2009, 2013                                        7-6-0              4
  5. Jim Furyk                 1998, 2000-03-05-07-09-11                          20-10-13        3
  6. Rickie Fowler                                                                                                    11
  7. Dustin Johnson        2011                                                            1-3-1              9
  8. Patrick Reed                                                                                                     12
  9. Matt Kuchar             2011, 2013                                                  4-5-1              6                           
  10. Chris Kirk                                                                                                        5
*     Bill Haas                  2011, 2013                                                  3-5-2              14
*     Phil Mickelson         All 10 events (1994-2013)                            20-16-11        31
**   J.B. Holmes                                                                                                      28
*Captian’s Pick
**Chosen to replace an injured Jim Furyk
INTERNATIONAL TEAM
Player                                 Country                 Prior appearances               Record            Pos. to start season
  1. Jason Day                 Australia                     2011, 2013                        4-4-2               2
  2. Louis Oosthuizen     South Africa                2013                                  1-3-1               11
  3. Adam Scott              Australia                     2003-05-07-09-11-13          12-15-3           1
  4. Hideki Matsuyama    Japan                          2013                                  1-3-1               3     
  5. Branden Grace          South Africa                2013                                  0-4-0               30   
  6. Marc Leishman         Australia                     2013                                  2-2-0               7
  7. Anirban Lahiri          India                                                                                           20
  8. Charl Schwartzel      South Africa                2011, 2013                        5-4-1               4
  9. Thongchai Jaidee      Thailand                                                                                      6
  10. Danny Lee                New Zealand                                                                                84
*     Steven Bowditch      Australia                                                                                      31   
*     Sangmoon Bae         Korea                                                                                          51
*Captain’s Pick
Team Info and Miscellaneous Notes
The Presidents Cup teams boast nine major championship winners (19 major titles overall).
There are 10 players making their Presidents Cup debuts in 2015.
Rookies:
  • International Team: Sangmoon Bae, Steven Bowditch, Danny Lee and Anirban Lahiri
  • U.S. Team: Chris Kirk, J.B. Holmes, Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker
The International team has never had players from more than two Asian countries since it began in 1994. For the first Presidents Cup staged in Asia, the team has players from four countries: Korea (Sangmoon Bae); Japan (Hideki Matsuyama); Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee); and India (Anirban Lahiri). Danny Lee, who was born in South Korea but grew up in New Zealand, is also a member of the International team. In addition to Korea, Japan, Thailand, India and New Zealand, the International Team is represented by players from Australia (4) and South Africa (3).
International countries represented over the history of the Presidents Cup: 13 – Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Fiji, India, Japan, New Zealand, Paraguay, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Zimbabwe.
Most countries represented by International Team (players only), by year
 8: 2000 and 2009
 7: 1998, 2015
 6: 1994, 1996, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013
 4: 2011
Total representation, by country, in The Presidents Cup by International Team members (players only)
 Australia, 47
 South Africa, 31
 Japan, 9
 Fiji, 8
 Zimbabwe, 8
 New Zealand, 7
 Korea, 7
 Canada, 6
 Argentina, 4
 Paraguay, 2
 Colombia, 1
 India, 1
 Thailand, 1
The U.S. Team has 20 previous Presidents Cup appearances amongst its members, including Phil Mickelson, who has participated in all 10 previous stagings of The Presidents Cup.  International Team members have played in 14 Presidents Cup events, with Adam Scott the most experienced having made six previous appearances. Nine of the 12 International Team members are either making their debut or have only played in one Presidents Cup.
Phil Mickelson (20-16-11) is the only player on either team to have competed in all 10 previous editions of The Presidents Cup.
Most matches played:
            47              Phil Mickelson, U.S. (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
            40              Ernie Els, International (1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
            40              Vijay Singh, International (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009)
            40              Tiger Woods, U.S. (1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
Most matches won:
            24              Tiger Woods, U.S. (24-15-1)
            20              Jim Furyk, U.S. (20-10-3)
            20              Phil Mickelson, U.S. (20-16-11)
            20              Ernie Els, International (20-18-2)
Players to go undefeated at The Presidents Cup (NO HALVES)
1994 - Fred Couples                            3-0-0
1996 - David Duval                              4-0-0
            Mark O’Meara                           5-0-0
1998 -  Shigeki Maruyama                     5-0-0
2000 -  Stewart Cink                            4-0-0
            Davis Love III                           4-0-0
2007 -  Scott Verplank                          4-0-0
2009 - Tiger Woods                              5-0-0
2011 -  Jim Furyk                                 5-0-0
Players to go undefeated at The Presidents Cup (INCLUDING HALVES)
1994 - Davis Love III                           4-0-1
1998 - Steve Elkington                         3-0-2
2000 -  Kirk Triplett                             3-0-1
2005 -  Retief Goosen                           4-0-1
            Chris DiMarco                          4-0-1
            Jim Furyk                                 3-0-2
            Phil Mickelson                          3-0-2
2007 -  David Toms                              4-0-1
2009 - Vijay Singh                               2-0-3
            Phil Mickelson                          4-0-1
Most matches lost in one year:
      5       Ernie Els, International (2000)
      5       Phil Mickelson, U.S. (2003)
Pairings
Pairings for the first round (Thursday foursomes) are made at 11 a.m. local time on Wednesday, October 7. The captain of the defending team (U.S.) will choose who goes first to start the draw, and the captains alternate for the remaining sessions.
U.S. Team Bios
Rickie Fowler
  • Age: 26
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 21 events, 7 top-10 finishes, including a win at THE PLAYERS Championship and Deutsche Bank Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Upon arriving at TPC Sawgrass, Fowler’s season had been less than inspired. He started with a tie for third at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in the fall, but since the calendar turned, he had yet to produce another top-10 finish in a stroke play event.
But something magical happened at THE PLAYERS. Seemingly out of contention at the turn in the final round, he played his last six holes in six under (four birdies and one eagle) to take the clubhouse lead in the most stirring finish in tournament history.  Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner eventually matched his total, but Fowler had the momentum. In the tournament’s three-hole playoff format, Garcia was eliminated, leaving Fowler and Kisner to decide the title on the iconic 17th hole. For the third time Sunday, Fowler birdied the hole – this time to win the tournament.
Fowler also won the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event of the FedExCup Playoffs, for his first multiple-win season on TOUR. It was his third win of 2015 after also claiming the European Tour’s Scottish Open before The Open Championship. He finished a career-best fourth in the FedExCup.
Fowler’s first PGA TOUR win came at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship.  Last year, he became just the third player since 1934 to claim top-five finishes in all four majors.
Atwo-time Ryder Cup participant, Fowler is making his first Presidents Cup appearance.
Jim Furyk – unable to compete due to injury
  • Age: 45
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 19 events, 7 top-10 finishes, including a win at the RBC Heritage
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 (20-10-3)
  • Furyk ended his nearly five-year winless drought by claiming the RBC Heritage in a playoff against Kevin Kisner. It was Furyk’s first win on TOUR since winning the 2010 TOURChampionship by Coca-Cola, which enabled him to take the FedExCup that year.
In addition to his victory at Harbour Town, Furyk had six other top-10 finishes as he continued to display the consistency that is the hallmark of his game. In the last five years, he’s produced 37 top-10s.
Furyk’s unorthodox swing, which TV analyst David Feherty once described as akin to “an octopus falling out of a tree,” has produced a major win (the 2003 U.S. Open), 16 other PGATOUR wins, a FedExCup title (in 2010) and one of the six 59s ever shot on the PGA TOUR(at the 2013 BMW Championship).
He’s making his eighth Presidents Cup appearance as a member of the U.S. Team, although with a bit of momentum lost heading into the competition. After a T11 and a T4 to start the FedExCup Playoffs, Furyk was forced to withdraw from the final two events of the season due to a wrist injury.
Bill Haas – Captain’s Pick
  • Age: 33
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 25 events, 5 top-10 finishes, including a win at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2011, 2013 (3-5-2)
  • Haas, who finished No. 11 in the U.S. Team standings and just 286 points behind No. 10 Chris Kirk, is a captain’s pick for the second time in his career (2011, by Captain Fred Couples).  He and Phil Mickelson join five other players who have been a captain’s pick more than once in their careers: Robert Allenby (3) and Jay Haas, Fred Couples, Lucas Glover, Hunter Mahan and Mickelson (1994) two times each.
Earlier this year, Haas won the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation for his sixth PGA TOUR victory and second at that event.  He finished T4 at THE PLAYERS Championship and Quicken Loans National, along with a T6 at the Wyndham Championship.  In all, Haas recorded 12 top-25 finishes this seasonand closed the year ranked No. 27 in the FedExCup.
Haas has posted a 3-5-2 record in his two previous Presidents Cup appearances. He and his father, U.S. Team Captain Jay Haas, are looking forward to being in the team room in Korea together.  “I’m proud to be coaching my son on The Presidents Cup,” Jay said. “I won’t say it’s a dream come true because I couldn’t have dreamt anything quite like this.”
J.B. Holmes – chosen to replace an injured Jim Furyk
  • Age: 33
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 25 events, 7 top-10 finishes, including a win at the Shell Houston Open
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Holmes, a four-time PGA TOUR winner, will be making his Presidents Cup debut.  He represented the United States in the 2008 Ryder Cup, held in his home state of Kentucky, and posted a 2-0-1 record.
This season from February through April, Holmes played exceptionally well. At the Farmers Insurance Open, he lost to Jason Day in a playoff. The following month, he was a runner-up again at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Doral. And then in April, he won the Shell Houston Open, opening the final round with five birdies en route to a 64. Johnson Wagner and Jordan Spieth both drained long putts to tie Holmes, but the former Kentucky Wildcat was the last man standing after the second hole of sudden death.
Holmes finished the FedExCup Playoffs strong with a T4 at the BMW Championship and a T8 at theTOUR Championship by Coca-Cola – two of his seven top 10s this season.  His No. 14 ranking in the FedExCup standings is a career-best.
“My heart goes out to Jim because I know how much The Presidents Cup means to him,” said Holmes.  “Obviously, he has been a leader for our team for many years and he will be greatly missed.  I am, however, very honored and excited to get the call from Coach Haas to make the trip to South Korea to help the U.S. Team retain the Cup.  Having personally experienced a victory in the Ryder Cup in 2008, I know firsthand what a phenomenal feeling it is to win for the United States and your teammates.  I have always loved playing in team competitions, and, clearly, playing on the U.S. Presidents Cup Team represents the pinnacle of such team competitions.  I am so excited for this honor and look forward to joining my great teammates in Korea.”
Dustin Johnson
  • Age: 31
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 21 events, 11 top-10 finishes, including a win at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2011 (1-3-1)
  • Johnson didn’t start his season until early February, and it only took him a month to nab his ninth TOUR win at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. It was his second World Golf Championships title, and part of his red-hot performance to start the season (five top 10s in his first seven starts. Johnson has now won in eight consecutive seasons, the best current streak on TOUR.
Johnson’s season also was defined by his near-misses in the majors.  At the U.S. Open, he came to the par-5 18th in the final round needing an eagle to win and a birdie to tie. He put himself in position with a second shot to 12 feet. But he three-putted from there to fall out of a potential playoff with Jordan Spieth.  Johnson started strong at The Open Championship before fading on the weekend, and at the PGA Championship, he fought back on the weekend to finish tied for seventh.
Johnson concluded his season by finishing T5 at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and finishing seventh in the FedExCup.
Johnson’s fiancé, Paulina Gretzky, gave birth to their son Tatum in January.
Zach Johnson
  • Age: 39
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 25 events, 10 top-10 finishes, including a win at The Open Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2007, 2009, 2013 (7-6-0)
  • Eight years after his Masters win, Johnson won the second major of his career, claiming The Open Championship by beating Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole playoff at St. Andrews.  He is only the sixth player to win major championships at St. Andrews and Augusta National (2007 Masters Tournament)
In addition to his second major triumph, Johnson had nine other top-10 finishes this season, including a tie for third at his home event, the John Deere Classic, a week before winning The Open Championship.
Johnson is coming into his fourth Presidents Cup appearance with strong momentum from the FedExCup Playoffs; he finished T4 at The Barclays, T22 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, T13 at the BMW Championship and T5 at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to rise to a final sixth-place finish in the FedExCup.
Johnson owns 12 wins on the PGA TOUR, including two majors, credentials that qualify him for World Golf Hall of Fame consideration one day.
Chris Kirk
  • Age: 30
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 21 events, 3 top-10 finishes, including a win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Having won the Ben Hogan Award as an amateur, it was only fitting that Kirk would eventually win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this year, the course made famous by its local icon, Hogan, whose statue stands next to the clubhouse.
Kirk, the first Hogan winner of the Colonial, drained a clutch six-foot putt on the 72nd hole for the win, the fourth of his PGA TOUR career. The rest of his season, however, wasn’t as productive as it could have been, as he broke a bone in his right hand during the summer and missed two months. He came back in time for the FedExCup Playoffs, advancing through the BMW Championship and finishing 44th in the final standings.
Kirk is making his first Presidents Cup appearance, having finished 10th in the points standings to earn the final automatic spot on Jay Haas’ U.S. Team.  Kirk played for the NCAA-winning Georgia Bulldogs while in college and a member of the U.S. Walker Cup Team.
Matt Kuchar
  • Age: 37
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 25 events, 7 top-10 finishes, including a T2 at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2011, 2013 (4-5-1)
  • Since 2010, few players have consistently appeared on the first page of the leaderboard week in and week out as much as Kuchar.  From a five-year stretch starting in 2010, Kuchar averaged nearly 10 top-10s a season (48 total), winning five of his seven career titles during that span.
In true Kuchar fashion, the 37-year-old has seven top-10 finishes this season and has missed just one cut.  January was his best month, with a tie for third at the Sony Open in Hawaii, then a tie for second next week at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
At the majors, Kuchar finished T7 at the PGA Championship and tied for 12th at the U.S. Open.  He posted two top-10s during the FedExCup Playoffs and finished 19th in the final FedExCup standings.
Kuchar is making his third consecutive Presidents Cup start.  In fact, with three Ryder Cup appearances to his credit, Kuchar has represented the U.S. Team in every Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup since 2010.
Phil Mickelson – Captain’s Pick
  • Age: 45
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 19 events, 3 top-10 finishes, including a T2 at the Masters Tournament
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 (20-16-11)
  • Mickelson, 45, is one of the veteran players on the U.S. Team, having played in each of the 10 Presidents Cups that have been staged in the event’s history, the only player to accomplish that feat. The lefty owns a 20-16-11 record in the event overall, tying him with Jim Furyk and Ernie Els for the second-most match wins behind Tiger Woods, who has 24-career wins in his Presidents Cup career.
At No. 30 in the final U.S. Team standings, Mickelson is the lowest-ranked player in event history to be taken as a captain’s pick (Tiger Woods, 29th, 2011 U.S. Team). He was a captain’s pick with Jay Haas for the inaugural Presidents Cup in 1994.
This year’s Presidents Cup appearance will be his 25th appearance as a member of a U.S. team, including his two Walker Cups, a World Amateur Team Championship and a Dunhill Cup.
Mickelson’s 2014-15 season on the PGA TOUR hasn’t included any victories, but he finished T2 at the Masters Tournament in April, and also recorded top-20 finishes in the PGA Championship and The Open Championship.  Mickelson’s last victory remains the 2013 Open Championship, the fifth major title of 42 PGA TOUR career titles.
Patrick Reed
  • Age: 25
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 27 events, 4 top-10 finishes, including a win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Reed opened the year in dramatic fashion with a playoff victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It was the fourth PGA TOUR title for the 24 year old, who became just the fourth player in the last 20 years to record his fourth TOUR win before the age of 24 years and 6 months.
Prone to excel in pressure situations, Reed sank a clutch 31-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to earn a spot in a playoff with Jordan Spieth and Sean O’Hair at the Valspar Championship, but ultimately fell victim to Spieth. After rounds of 66-69, he shared the 36-hole lead at the U.S. Open with Spieth, before finishing T14, his best finish in six major starts.
Reed posted his fourth top-10 of the season at the Deutsche Bank Championship (T4) and finished in the top 20 at the U.S. Open, Open Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Reed is making his Presidents Cup debut a year after a memorable performance for the U.S. Ryder Cup Team.  Having been heckled at the start of his singles match against Henrik Stenson at Gleneagles, Reed made a putt on the seventh hole to halve the hole, then put his finger to his lips to shush the crowd. He eventually went on to win the match and post a 3-0-1 record.
Jordan Spieth
  • Age: 22
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 25 events, 15 top-10 finishes, including wins at the Valspar Championship, Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, John Deere Classic and TOURChampionship by Coca-Cola
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2013 (2-2-0)
  • Jordan Spieth, 22, authored one of the most remarkable seasons in PGA TOUR history, one that included five victories – including the first two major championships of the season – and a FedExCup title, setting myriad records along the way.
Spieth’s year began with top-10 finishes at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, AT&T Pebble
Beach Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open. His first win of the year came in a playoff at the Valspar Championship, and then followed with runner-up finishes in his following two starts at the Valero Texas Open and the Shell Houston Open (a playoff loss to J.B. Holmes).
Spieth won his first major championship at the Masters Tournament at 21 years of age. The four-stroke win over Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson was the fifth wire-to-wire victory in tournament history. With the win, Spieth (21 years, 8 months, 16 days at the time) added his name to several records, including becoming the second-youngest winner of the Green Jacket in the tournament’s 79-year history behind Tiger Woods (21 years, 3 months, 14 days) and his 18-under-par 270 total matched Woods’ record-setting 1997 performance.
At Chambers Bay in June, Spieth posted a 1-under 69 Sunday to move out of a four-way tie for the 54-hole lead and into the record books, becoming just the sixth player to win the Masters Tournament and U.S. Open in the same season. The victory made Spieth the youngest player to win two career majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922. He also became just the second player since 1940 to win four times on the PGA TOUR before the age of 22.
Spieth won in his next start at the John Deere Classic in a playoff with Tom Gillis, and he came up just one stroke short of the aggregate playoff at The Open Championship in his quest to take home the first three major championships of the season (T4).
Two years after becoming the youngest to ever tee it up at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at age 20 (and finished T2), Spieth won the event, thanks to four rounds in the 60s.  Spieth became the youngest FedExCup champion in history and returned to the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking (which Jason Day claimed for one week). His excellent season led to a vote by his peers to PGA TOUR Player of the Year.
Spieth will make his second start in The Presidents Cup as the top points-earner for the U.S. Team heading into Korea. In 2013, he became the youngest in event history to play for the U.S. Team, posting a 2-2-0 record.
Jimmy Walker
  • Age: 36
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 24 events, 6 top-10 finishes, including wins at the Sony Open in Hawaii and Valero Texas Open
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • It took nine years and 188 starts on the PGA TOUR for Jimmy Walker to post his first win.  He hasn’t slowed down since. At the 2013 Frys.com Open, Walker shot 62-66 on the weekend to beat Vijay Singh. He entered the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time, but more important, it seemed to flip a switch on his career, as he continues to be one of the TOUR’s dominant players. He won two more times in 2014, and twice in 2015.
After a playoff loss at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Walker followed it the next week by winning the Sony Open in Hawaii for the second straight year. For the two weeks in Hawaii, he shot a combined 44 under, with six of his eight rounds at 67 or lower.  In his fifth start back on the mainland, Walker claimed the Valero Texas Open in front of many friends and family, as he lives in the San Antonio area.
Walker recorded six top-10s this season and finished 16th in the FedExCup.  He is making his first Presidents Cup appearance on the heels of a 1-1-3 debut at the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Bubba Watson
  • Age: 36
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 19 events, 10 top-10 finishes, including wins at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and Travelers Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2011 (3-2-0)
  • Watson didn’t add to his major win total this year, but outside of the majors, it may have been his most consistent season on TOUR. He won in his first start of the 2014-15 season with a thrilling victory at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. After making nine combined birdies on the final five holes in rounds two and three, Watson came to the 14th hole of the final round in good position. He again birdied the 14th, but a par on 15, a bogey on 16 and a double-bogey on 17 meant the 36-year-old needed eagle on the final hole to have any chance at the title. In dramatic fashion, Watson holed out from a greenside bunker to force a playoff with Tim Clark. He found the same bunker on the first playoff hole, making birdie to Clark’s par to win the event.
Watson also won the Travelers Championship in a sudden-death playoff, this time over Paul Casey, giving him a 5-for-6 record in playoffs in his PGA TOUR career. Watson is one of six players with multiple wins on the PGA TOUR this season along with Jimmy Walker (Sony Open in Hawaii, Valero Texas Open), Rory McIlroy (World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, Wells Fargo Championship), Rickie Fowler (THE PLAYERS Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship), Jason Day (Farmers Insurance Open, RBC Canadian Open, PGAChampionship, The Barclays, BMW Championship) and Jordan Spieth (Valspar Championship, Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, John Deere Classic, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola).
Watson has a total of seven top-three finishes this season, with runner-ups at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, RBC Canadian Open and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He finished fifth in the final FedExCup standings.
Waston will make his second appearance in the event after finishing No. 2 in The Presidents Cup U.S. Team standings.
International Team Bios
Sangmoon Bae, Korea, Captain’s Pick
  • Age: 29
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 30 events, 5 top-10 finishes, including 1 win (Frys.com Open)
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Sangmoon Bae will represent the host country at this year’s Presidents Cup, the first played in Asia. He is the only South Korean resident on the squad (Danny Lee was born in South Korea, but is a resident of New Zealand).
Bae began playing golf at age 11 at the urging of his parents, who both play. He was more interested in baseball as a youth before he turned his full-time athletic attention to golf.  Like many Korean players, Bae has been mentored by K.J. Choi, International Team vice-captain.
Bae became the fourth South Korean-born player to win on the PGA TOUR when he claimed the 2013 Byron Nelson Championship. Bae’s 2014-15 season got off to a strong start, with top-six finishes in three of his first four starts, including a victory at the season-opening Frys.com Open.
He has won two professional events at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, site of this year’s Presidents Cup.
After representing his country in the Presidents Cup, he will begin serving South Korea in the military as part of his country’s mandatory military service.
Steven Bowditch, Australia
  • Age: 32
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 32 events, 2 top-10 finishes, including 1 win (AT&T Byron Nelson)
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Bowditch is known for an aggressive, feast-or-famine style of play.  He misses a lot of cuts – at least 11 in each of his six PGA TOUR seasons – but he’s also sprinkled in more than enough success to earn his first Presidents Cup appearance, earning one of Nick Price’s two captain’s picks after finishing No. 11 in the standings (the top 10 automatically make the Team).
Bowditch was a promising amateur growing up in Australia. He attended the Kooralbyn International School, which also produced Adam Scott and Jason Day.
Bowditch finished second in the season-opening Frys.com Open. He went on to win the AT&T Byron Nelson by four shots, giving him a victory in each of the past two PGA TOUR seasons (both in his adopted home state of Texas). His two top-10s this season make this the first in which he has multiple top-10s. He also set a career-high for top-25s in a season (10) and made it to the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time.
Jason Day, Australia, Captain’s Pick
  • Age: 27
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 20 events, 11 top-10 finishes, including 5 wins (Farmers Insurance Open, RBC Canadian Open, PGA Championship, The Barclays, BMW Championship)
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2011, 2013 (4-4-2)
  • This was Day’s first multiple-win season on the PGA TOUR. Day finished in the top 10 in the year’s final three majors, also finishing T9 while battling vertigo at the U.S. Open and T4 at The Open Championship, where he finished one shot outside of the playoff won by Zach Johnson. He set a record for lowest score in relation to par at a major championship, shooting 20-under 268 to beat Jordan Spieth by three shots at the PGA Championship.
Day won two of the four FedExCup Playoffs events and spent one week as No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after his victory at the BMW Championship, his fifth of the season.  He finished No. 3 in the final FedExCup standings.
Day has become one of the world’s best players after a difficult childhood. His father passed away when Jason was 12 years old, a loss that sent Day headed in the wrong direction. Day’s mother, Dening, took out a second mortgage so she could send her son to Kooralbyn International School, seven hours from their home and away from the poor influences Jason was growing up around.
At Kooralbyn, Day met Col Swatton, the coach who changed his life and helped him develop his prodigious talent. Swatton still serves as Day’s instructor and caddie.
Day broke down into tears after winning the PGA Championship as he reflected on the path he has taken to become one of the world’s best players. He also will be the International Team’s leader at this year’s Presidents Cup.
Branden Grace, South Africa
  • Age: 27
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 13 events, 4 top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish at thePGA Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2013 (0-4-0)
  • Grace won twice in 2015, at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in his native South Africa and the European Tour’s Qatar Masters. He also finished in the top five at both the U.S. Open andPGA Championship. Grace played with Jordan Spieth in the penultimate group at Chambers Bay, and he was in contention until hitting his tee shot at No. 16 out-of-bounds, ultimately finishing T4. He placedthird at the PGA Championship, five shots behind winner Jason Day, highlighted by a third-round 64 to move into contention.
The 2006 South African Amateur champion earned his first European Tour card in 2009, but had to spend the next two seasons on lower circuits. He regained his 2012 European Tour card via Q-School, and went on to make history. He became the first player to win his first four European Tour titles in the same season.
Grace’s bounce-back year began with consecutive victories in his native South Africa, at the Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions, where he beat South African major champions Ernie Els and Retief Goosen in a playoff. Grace also won the Volvo China Open and then won at the Home of Golf, in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He didn’t win again on the EuropeanTour until December 2014, when he won the Alfred Dunhill Championship. That set the stage for a breakout 2015 that saw him contend in two major championships.
Like Presidents Cup teammates Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, Grace’s development was aided by the Ernie Els Foundation. Els has long spoken highly about his promising young countryman.
Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand
  • Age: 45
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 10 events, including a T34 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • A runner-up finish at the European Tour’s top event, the BMW PGA Championship, helped Jaidee qualify for his first Presidents Cup team, becoming the first player from Thailand to do so in event history. The second-place finish in May vaulted him 14 spots to No. 35 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He followed with top-11 finishes in three of his next five European Tour starts to help secure his spot. He also was runner-up at the European Tour’s True Thailand Classic in February, and just two weeks ago, earned his 18th worldwide victory by claiming the Porsche European Open, his third victory on European soil.
Jaidee didn’t take the typical journey to professional golf. He played soccer as a youth, but was injured when a skewer became embedded in his foot. During recuperation, he started playing golf at the Army course behind his home with a discarded 5-iron head tied to a bamboo stick.
He joined the Royal Thai Army in 1989 and became a paratrooper. He had time to play plenty of golf and enjoyed a distinguished amateur career, representing Thailand in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. He turned pro in 1999 at age 30, 10 years after he joined the army.
Jaidee is highly regarded as one of Asia’s greatest players, thanks to an unprecedented three AsianTour Order of Merit crowns and 13 career victories.
Anirban Lahiri, India
  • Age: 28
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 12 events, including a T5 at the PGA Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Lahiri won twice on the European Tour this season, at the Hero Indian Open and Maybank Malaysian Open, helping him to become the first player from India to qualify for The Presidents Cup. He finished T5 at the PGA Championship, his first top-10 in 12 PGA TOURstarts this season, but more importantly, the best finish by an Indian player in major championship history. He also finished fifth at the European Masters.
Lahiri got started in golf like many professionals, following his father, a doctor in the Indian army, to the golf course. Heentered his first tournament the age of 12 and since has developed into India’s top player.  Lahiri earned his European Tour card at Q-School in late 2014, then won two events co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours, including the Indian Open.
His success in Asia (he won his first two European Tour titles, in Malaysia and India, in a three-week span in February) pushed him into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. That earned him his first Masters appearance, one of many opportunities to compete in the United States that arose in 2015.
Lahiri will be a rookie on the PGA TOUR in 2015-16, thanks to his strong finish in the Web.com TourFinals.
Danny Lee, New Zealand
  • Age: 25
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 36 events, 8 top-10 finishes, including a win at The Greenbrier Classic
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Lee earned his first PGA TOUR victory at The Greenbrier Classic, starting a strong stretch that boosted him onto his first International Presidents Cup Team.  Lee followed his win with three top-six finishes in his next four starts, vaulting more than 100 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking.  Lee closed out his impressive 2014-15 PGA TOUR campaign with a T2 showing at the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, his eighth top-10 finish, moving him to a ninth-place standing in the final FedExCup rankings.
Lee’s mother So Jin Seo was a golf instructor and a 5 handicap at one point, and her son became one of the game’s phenoms. When he won the 2008 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2, he broke Tiger Woods’ record as the tournament’s youngest champion. He also claimed the 2008 Western Amateur, one of the United States’ top amateur events, and finished T20 in that year’s Wyndham Championship on the PGA TOUR.
Lee continued to impress when he won the European Tour’s Johnnie Walker Classic while still an amateur. He became the youngest winner (18 years, 213 days) in European Tour history and second amateur to win on the circuit. He turned pro after competing in the 2009 Masters. Lee competed on the European Tour in 2010 before playing on the Web.com Tour the following year. He earned his card after one season on that circuit, but had to return in 2013.
Lee is returning to the land of his birth for The Presidents Cup; he was born in Incheon, South Korea, before moving to New Zealand to develop his game.
Marc Leishman, Australia
  • Age: 31
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 23 events, 4 top-10 finishes, including a T2 at The Open Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2013 (2-2-0)
  • Leishman shot 14-under 130 (64-66) on the weekend at The Open Championship to charge his way into a three-man playoff won by Zach Johnson (Leishman’s fellow teammate Louis Oosthuizen also finished tied for second). Leishman was T50 at the halfway mark before matching the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history, and Leishman’s third-round 64 was one shot off the lowest round in major history.
Leishman also finished in the top 10 in two World Golf Championships, the Cadillac Match Play (T9) and HSBC Champions (ninth). He has now finished in the top five in a major in three consecutive years (T4, 2013 Masters; T5, 2014 Open Championship; T2, 2015 Open Championship).
His success at The Open Championship came after enduring an ordeal that nothing on the golf course will rival. Leishman was at Augusta National to prepare for the Masters when his wife Audrey was admitted to the hospital. Leishman withdrew from the Masters to be by her side. Audrey had developed acute respiratory distress syndrome, and her lungs were filled with fluid. She also was diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome. The last thing Audrey remembers with any certainty is calling her parents and telling them that she loved them. She called her brothers, too. In maybe the hardest conversation, Marc and Audrey essentially said their goodbyes, as well.  Audrey has recovered after a frightening hospital stay, but the Leishmans will never be the same.
“It’s changed my whole perspective on life,” he said. “I feel like I’ve always had a pretty good outlook on life, but now just it takes a lot more to worry me.”
Hideki Matsuyama, Japan
  • Age: 23
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 25 events, 9 top-10 finishes, including a T2 at the Waste Management Open
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2013 (1-3-1)
  • While Matsuyama did not win in 2015, he was No. 20 in the FedExCup at the start of the FedExCup Playoffs on the strength of eight top-10s, including six top-five finishes. He was runner-up at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and finished third at the Frys.com Open and Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He also finished fifth at the Masters, his career-best finish in a major championship.
Thanks to a T7 at the BMW Championship, the penultimate event of the 2014-15 season, Matsuyama finished a career-best 16th in the FedExCup.
Matsuyama earned his first PGA TOUR title at the 2014 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, less than a year after he made his Presidents Cup debut on the same course (Muirfield Village Golf Club). He also has won six times on the Japan Tour, including once while still an amateur.
Matsuyama has been a promising prospect since those amateur days. He won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in 2010 and 2011, the second and third years of the event that was created in part by Augusta National and the R&A. The tournament was formed to produce champions who would inspire future generations of players in the region. Matsuyama has certainly accomplished that goal.
The Asia-Pacific Amateur champ earns a berth in the Masters. Matsuyama made the cut in both Masters appearances he made as an amateur and earned low-amateur honors in 2011 after finishing T27.
Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa
  • Age: 32
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 20 events, 6 top-10 finishes, including a T2 at the U.S. Open and The Open Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2013 (1-3-1)
  • Oosthuizen grew up as the son of a farmer in South Africa. His father and brother both played tennis at the provincial level, but Oosthuizen opted for golf. He joined the long line of South Africans who have won major championships when he won the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews by seven shots.
Oosthuizen was one of the many young South Africans whose development was aided by the Ernie Els Foundation, which provides financial assistance to up-and-coming junior golfers.
Oosthuizen turned pro in 2002, but he did not win his first European Tour title until 2010, at the Andalucia Open. He won The Open Championship later that year. He’s been a consistent presence on major championship leaderboards since then, finishing second at the 2012 Masters, making an albatross in the final round before losing a playoff to Bubba Watson (he won the Maybank Malaysian Open the following week).
Oosthuizen was runner-up at this year’s U.S. Open and Open Championship. He rebounded from a first-round 77 at the U.S. Open to finish one shot behind Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. Oosthuizen shot a back-nine 29 on Sunday, making birdie on six of his final seven holes. He also played in Sunday’s final group at The Open Championship at St. Andrews He made birdie on the 72nd hole to get into a playoff with Marc Leishman and Zach Johnson, but finished one shot behind Johnson in the four-hole playoff.
He has won seven times on the European Tour.  This is his second Presidents Cup appearance as one of three South Africans on the International Team.
Charl Schwartzel, South Africa
  • Age: 31
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 19 events, 3 top-10 finishes, including a T3 at the Wyndham Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2011, 2013 (5-4-1)
  • Schwartzel finished second in his first start of 2015, at the South African Open, though that finish came after he lost a five-shot lead in his home country’s national championship. He was seeking his first South African Open victory, but played his final five holes in 4 over. It remained Schwartzel’s best finish of 2015. On the PGA TOUR, Schwartzel finished third at the Wyndham Championship  to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.
He made the cut in all four majors, posting a seventh-place finish at the U.S. Open, where he shot a final-round 66.
Schwartzel earned his first European Tour card at the 2002 Q-School when he was just 18 years old, the third-youngest player to accomplish the feat. He played on national amateur teams with Louis Oosthuizen, and the two remain close friends. Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters months after Oosthuizen won his first major at The Open Championship. The two are now International Presidents Cup teammates for the second time.
Adam Scott, Australia
  • Age: 35
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 15 events, 3 top-10 finishes, including a T4 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and U.S. Open
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 (12-15-3)
  • The International Team’s veteran leader, Scott has endured a tough year on the course.  The Australian, who became the world’s No. 1 player in 2014, finished in the top 10 in just three of 15 PGA TOUR starts this year. His FedExCup season ended at The Barclays, ending a streak of five consecutive appearances in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Scott’s year got off to a strong start. He finished T4 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship while using a short putter for the first time in years. His other top-10s came in majors. He finished T4 at the U.S. Open aft

What: The Presidents Cup
When: October 6-11, 2015
Location: Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, Songdo International Business District, Incheon City, Korea Golf
  • This is the first playing of The Presidents Cup in Asia
Course Architect Jack Nicklaus (Opened September 2010)
Par/Yardage:       Total: 7,380                       Par 72
Field: The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues.
U.S. Team - The top 10 U.S. players who earn the most official FedExCup points, beginning with the 2013 BMW Championship through the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship, with points earned in 2015 doubled.  Two captain’s selections were made September 8, 2015.                                             
International Team - The top 10 international players (excluding those eligible for the European Ryder Cup team) from the Official World Golf Ranking at the conclusion of the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship, and two captain’s selections made on September 8, 2015.
Captains – U.S. Team Captain Jay Haas makes his debut as captain as International Team Captain Nick Price returns to lead his squad for the second time. The International Team is looking for its second outright victory.
Format: The Presidents Cup competition consists of 30 matches:
  • Thursday – 5 Foursomes matches
  • Friday – 5 Four-ball matches
  • Saturday morning – 4 Foursomes matches
  • Saturday afternoon – 4 Four-ball matches
  • Sunday – 12 Singles matches
                                                                    
All matches are worth one point each, for a total of 30 points. There are no playoffs, with each side receiving a half point if a match is tied after 18 holes. In a change inspired by the events of The Presidents Cup 2003, if the match is deadlocked at the end of singles play, the competition will be deemed a tie and the teams will share The Presidents Cup.
Korea Television Times
Thursday, October 8              11 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                SBS
Friday, October 9                  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                  SBS
Saturday, October 10             7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.                             SBS
Sunday, Oct. 11                    10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.                      SBS
U.S. Television Times
Date                                      Time                                                 Channel
Wednesday, October 7           10 p.m. – 3 a.m. ET (live)                  Golf Channel
Thursday, October 8              2-7 p.m. ET (replay)                           Golf Channel
                                             8:30 p.m. – 3 a.m. ET (live)               Golf Channel
Friday, October 9                  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (replay)                    Golf Channel
                                             6 p.m. – 4 a.m. (live)                          Golf Channel
Saturday, October 10             12-3:30 p.m. ET (replay)                    NBC
                                             9:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (live)                   Golf Channel
Sunday, Oct. 11                    12-6 p.m. ET (replay)                         NBC
Charitable Distributions:  Unlike many other events, the players do not receive prize money based on performance.  Instead, the PGA TOUR pledges to contribute to charities, which are nominated by the players, captains and captains’ assistants from both teams.
PLAYER CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTIONS BY YEAR
1994 – US $ 750,000
            1996 – US $ 800,000
            1998 – US $ 2.9 million
            2000 – US $ 2.8 million
            2003 – US $ 2.8 million
            2005 – US $ 3.5 million
            2007 – US $ 4.2 million
            2009 – US $ 4.2 million
            2011 – US $ 4.5 million
            2013 – US $ 4.65 million
Additional donations were made to The First Tee of San Francisco ($500,000) and the Victorian Bushfire Appeal ($100,000) in 2009; to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal (following the Queensland floods) and New Zealand Earthquake disaster relief in 2011, as well as to additional Victorian-based charities (totaling $250,000); and to Nationwide Children’s Hospital ($125,000) in 2013, bringing the total amount generated for charity to more than $32.3 million (US).
U.S. TEAM
Player                            Prior appearances                                        Record          Pos. to start the season
  1. Jordan Spieth           2013                                                            2-2-0              7
  2. Bubba Watson         2011                                                            3-2-0              2                           
  3. Jimmy Walker                                                                                                   1
  4. Zach Johnson           2007, 2009, 2013                                        7-6-0              4
  5. Jim Furyk                 1998, 2000-03-05-07-09-11                          20-10-13        3
  6. Rickie Fowler                                                                                                    11
  7. Dustin Johnson        2011                                                            1-3-1              9
  8. Patrick Reed                                                                                                     12
  9. Matt Kuchar             2011, 2013                                                  4-5-1              6                           
  10. Chris Kirk                                                                                                        5
*     Bill Haas                  2011, 2013                                                  3-5-2              14
*     Phil Mickelson         All 10 events (1994-2013)                            20-16-11        31
**   J.B. Holmes                                                                                                      28
*Captian’s Pick
**Chosen to replace an injured Jim Furyk
INTERNATIONAL TEAM
Player                                 Country                 Prior appearances               Record            Pos. to start season
  1. Jason Day                 Australia                     2011, 2013                        4-4-2               2
  2. Louis Oosthuizen     South Africa                2013                                  1-3-1               11
  3. Adam Scott              Australia                     2003-05-07-09-11-13          12-15-3           1
  4. Hideki Matsuyama    Japan                          2013                                  1-3-1               3     
  5. Branden Grace          South Africa                2013                                  0-4-0               30   
  6. Marc Leishman         Australia                     2013                                  2-2-0               7
  7. Anirban Lahiri          India                                                                                           20
  8. Charl Schwartzel      South Africa                2011, 2013                        5-4-1               4
  9. Thongchai Jaidee      Thailand                                                                                      6
  10. Danny Lee                New Zealand                                                                                84
*     Steven Bowditch      Australia                                                                                      31   
*     Sangmoon Bae         Korea                                                                                          51
*Captain’s Pick
Team Info and Miscellaneous Notes
The Presidents Cup teams boast nine major championship winners (19 major titles overall).
There are 10 players making their Presidents Cup debuts in 2015.
Rookies:
  • International Team: Sangmoon Bae, Steven Bowditch, Danny Lee and Anirban Lahiri
  • U.S. Team: Chris Kirk, J.B. Holmes, Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker
The International team has never had players from more than two Asian countries since it began in 1994. For the first Presidents Cup staged in Asia, the team has players from four countries: Korea (Sangmoon Bae); Japan (Hideki Matsuyama); Thailand (Thongchai Jaidee); and India (Anirban Lahiri). Danny Lee, who was born in South Korea but grew up in New Zealand, is also a member of the International team. In addition to Korea, Japan, Thailand, India and New Zealand, the International Team is represented by players from Australia (4) and South Africa (3).
International countries represented over the history of the Presidents Cup: 13 – Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Fiji, India, Japan, New Zealand, Paraguay, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Zimbabwe.
Most countries represented by International Team (players only), by year
 8: 2000 and 2009
 7: 1998, 2015
 6: 1994, 1996, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013
 4: 2011
Total representation, by country, in The Presidents Cup by International Team members (players only)
 Australia, 47
 South Africa, 31
 Japan, 9
 Fiji, 8
 Zimbabwe, 8
 New Zealand, 7
 Korea, 7
 Canada, 6
 Argentina, 4
 Paraguay, 2
 Colombia, 1
 India, 1
 Thailand, 1
The U.S. Team has 20 previous Presidents Cup appearances amongst its members, including Phil Mickelson, who has participated in all 10 previous stagings of The Presidents Cup.  International Team members have played in 14 Presidents Cup events, with Adam Scott the most experienced having made six previous appearances. Nine of the 12 International Team members are either making their debut or have only played in one Presidents Cup.
Phil Mickelson (20-16-11) is the only player on either team to have competed in all 10 previous editions of The Presidents Cup.
Most matches played:
            47              Phil Mickelson, U.S. (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
            40              Ernie Els, International (1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
            40              Vijay Singh, International (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009)
            40              Tiger Woods, U.S. (1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
Most matches won:
            24              Tiger Woods, U.S. (24-15-1)
            20              Jim Furyk, U.S. (20-10-3)
            20              Phil Mickelson, U.S. (20-16-11)
            20              Ernie Els, International (20-18-2)
Players to go undefeated at The Presidents Cup (NO HALVES)
1994 - Fred Couples                            3-0-0
1996 - David Duval                              4-0-0
            Mark O’Meara                           5-0-0
1998 -  Shigeki Maruyama                     5-0-0
2000 -  Stewart Cink                            4-0-0
            Davis Love III                           4-0-0
2007 -  Scott Verplank                          4-0-0
2009 - Tiger Woods                              5-0-0
2011 -  Jim Furyk                                 5-0-0
Players to go undefeated at The Presidents Cup (INCLUDING HALVES)
1994 - Davis Love III                           4-0-1
1998 - Steve Elkington                         3-0-2
2000 -  Kirk Triplett                             3-0-1
2005 -  Retief Goosen                           4-0-1
            Chris DiMarco                          4-0-1
            Jim Furyk                                 3-0-2
            Phil Mickelson                          3-0-2
2007 -  David Toms                              4-0-1
2009 - Vijay Singh                               2-0-3
            Phil Mickelson                          4-0-1
Most matches lost in one year:
      5       Ernie Els, International (2000)
      5       Phil Mickelson, U.S. (2003)
Pairings
Pairings for the first round (Thursday foursomes) are made at 11 a.m. local time on Wednesday, October 7. The captain of the defending team (U.S.) will choose who goes first to start the draw, and the captains alternate for the remaining sessions.
U.S. Team Bios
Rickie Fowler
  • Age: 26
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 21 events, 7 top-10 finishes, including a win at THE PLAYERS Championship and Deutsche Bank Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Upon arriving at TPC Sawgrass, Fowler’s season had been less than inspired. He started with a tie for third at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in the fall, but since the calendar turned, he had yet to produce another top-10 finish in a stroke play event.
But something magical happened at THE PLAYERS. Seemingly out of contention at the turn in the final round, he played his last six holes in six under (four birdies and one eagle) to take the clubhouse lead in the most stirring finish in tournament history.  Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner eventually matched his total, but Fowler had the momentum. In the tournament’s three-hole playoff format, Garcia was eliminated, leaving Fowler and Kisner to decide the title on the iconic 17th hole. For the third time Sunday, Fowler birdied the hole – this time to win the tournament.
Fowler also won the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event of the FedExCup Playoffs, for his first multiple-win season on TOUR. It was his third win of 2015 after also claiming the European Tour’s Scottish Open before The Open Championship. He finished a career-best fourth in the FedExCup.
Fowler’s first PGA TOUR win came at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship.  Last year, he became just the third player since 1934 to claim top-five finishes in all four majors.
Atwo-time Ryder Cup participant, Fowler is making his first Presidents Cup appearance.
Jim Furyk – unable to compete due to injury
  • Age: 45
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 19 events, 7 top-10 finishes, including a win at the RBC Heritage
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 (20-10-3)
  • Furyk ended his nearly five-year winless drought by claiming the RBC Heritage in a playoff against Kevin Kisner. It was Furyk’s first win on TOUR since winning the 2010 TOURChampionship by Coca-Cola, which enabled him to take the FedExCup that year.
In addition to his victory at Harbour Town, Furyk had six other top-10 finishes as he continued to display the consistency that is the hallmark of his game. In the last five years, he’s produced 37 top-10s.
Furyk’s unorthodox swing, which TV analyst David Feherty once described as akin to “an octopus falling out of a tree,” has produced a major win (the 2003 U.S. Open), 16 other PGATOUR wins, a FedExCup title (in 2010) and one of the six 59s ever shot on the PGA TOUR(at the 2013 BMW Championship).
He’s making his eighth Presidents Cup appearance as a member of the U.S. Team, although with a bit of momentum lost heading into the competition. After a T11 and a T4 to start the FedExCup Playoffs, Furyk was forced to withdraw from the final two events of the season due to a wrist injury.
Bill Haas – Captain’s Pick
  • Age: 33
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 25 events, 5 top-10 finishes, including a win at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2011, 2013 (3-5-2)
  • Haas, who finished No. 11 in the U.S. Team standings and just 286 points behind No. 10 Chris Kirk, is a captain’s pick for the second time in his career (2011, by Captain Fred Couples).  He and Phil Mickelson join five other players who have been a captain’s pick more than once in their careers: Robert Allenby (3) and Jay Haas, Fred Couples, Lucas Glover, Hunter Mahan and Mickelson (1994) two times each.
Earlier this year, Haas won the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation for his sixth PGA TOUR victory and second at that event.  He finished T4 at THE PLAYERS Championship and Quicken Loans National, along with a T6 at the Wyndham Championship.  In all, Haas recorded 12 top-25 finishes this seasonand closed the year ranked No. 27 in the FedExCup.
Haas has posted a 3-5-2 record in his two previous Presidents Cup appearances. He and his father, U.S. Team Captain Jay Haas, are looking forward to being in the team room in Korea together.  “I’m proud to be coaching my son on The Presidents Cup,” Jay said. “I won’t say it’s a dream come true because I couldn’t have dreamt anything quite like this.”
J.B. Holmes – chosen to replace an injured Jim Furyk
  • Age: 33
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 25 events, 7 top-10 finishes, including a win at the Shell Houston Open
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Holmes, a four-time PGA TOUR winner, will be making his Presidents Cup debut.  He represented the United States in the 2008 Ryder Cup, held in his home state of Kentucky, and posted a 2-0-1 record.
This season from February through April, Holmes played exceptionally well. At the Farmers Insurance Open, he lost to Jason Day in a playoff. The following month, he was a runner-up again at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Doral. And then in April, he won the Shell Houston Open, opening the final round with five birdies en route to a 64. Johnson Wagner and Jordan Spieth both drained long putts to tie Holmes, but the former Kentucky Wildcat was the last man standing after the second hole of sudden death.
Holmes finished the FedExCup Playoffs strong with a T4 at the BMW Championship and a T8 at theTOUR Championship by Coca-Cola – two of his seven top 10s this season.  His No. 14 ranking in the FedExCup standings is a career-best.
“My heart goes out to Jim because I know how much The Presidents Cup means to him,” said Holmes.  “Obviously, he has been a leader for our team for many years and he will be greatly missed.  I am, however, very honored and excited to get the call from Coach Haas to make the trip to South Korea to help the U.S. Team retain the Cup.  Having personally experienced a victory in the Ryder Cup in 2008, I know firsthand what a phenomenal feeling it is to win for the United States and your teammates.  I have always loved playing in team competitions, and, clearly, playing on the U.S. Presidents Cup Team represents the pinnacle of such team competitions.  I am so excited for this honor and look forward to joining my great teammates in Korea.”
Dustin Johnson
  • Age: 31
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 21 events, 11 top-10 finishes, including a win at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2011 (1-3-1)
  • Johnson didn’t start his season until early February, and it only took him a month to nab his ninth TOUR win at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. It was his second World Golf Championships title, and part of his red-hot performance to start the season (five top 10s in his first seven starts. Johnson has now won in eight consecutive seasons, the best current streak on TOUR.
Johnson’s season also was defined by his near-misses in the majors.  At the U.S. Open, he came to the par-5 18th in the final round needing an eagle to win and a birdie to tie. He put himself in position with a second shot to 12 feet. But he three-putted from there to fall out of a potential playoff with Jordan Spieth.  Johnson started strong at The Open Championship before fading on the weekend, and at the PGA Championship, he fought back on the weekend to finish tied for seventh.
Johnson concluded his season by finishing T5 at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and finishing seventh in the FedExCup.
Johnson’s fiancé, Paulina Gretzky, gave birth to their son Tatum in January.
Zach Johnson
  • Age: 39
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 25 events, 10 top-10 finishes, including a win at The Open Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2007, 2009, 2013 (7-6-0)
  • Eight years after his Masters win, Johnson won the second major of his career, claiming The Open Championship by beating Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole playoff at St. Andrews.  He is only the sixth player to win major championships at St. Andrews and Augusta National (2007 Masters Tournament)
In addition to his second major triumph, Johnson had nine other top-10 finishes this season, including a tie for third at his home event, the John Deere Classic, a week before winning The Open Championship.
Johnson is coming into his fourth Presidents Cup appearance with strong momentum from the FedExCup Playoffs; he finished T4 at The Barclays, T22 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, T13 at the BMW Championship and T5 at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola to rise to a final sixth-place finish in the FedExCup.
Johnson owns 12 wins on the PGA TOUR, including two majors, credentials that qualify him for World Golf Hall of Fame consideration one day.
Chris Kirk
  • Age: 30
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 21 events, 3 top-10 finishes, including a win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Having won the Ben Hogan Award as an amateur, it was only fitting that Kirk would eventually win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial this year, the course made famous by its local icon, Hogan, whose statue stands next to the clubhouse.
Kirk, the first Hogan winner of the Colonial, drained a clutch six-foot putt on the 72nd hole for the win, the fourth of his PGA TOUR career. The rest of his season, however, wasn’t as productive as it could have been, as he broke a bone in his right hand during the summer and missed two months. He came back in time for the FedExCup Playoffs, advancing through the BMW Championship and finishing 44th in the final standings.
Kirk is making his first Presidents Cup appearance, having finished 10th in the points standings to earn the final automatic spot on Jay Haas’ U.S. Team.  Kirk played for the NCAA-winning Georgia Bulldogs while in college and a member of the U.S. Walker Cup Team.
Matt Kuchar
  • Age: 37
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 25 events, 7 top-10 finishes, including a T2 at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2011, 2013 (4-5-1)
  • Since 2010, few players have consistently appeared on the first page of the leaderboard week in and week out as much as Kuchar.  From a five-year stretch starting in 2010, Kuchar averaged nearly 10 top-10s a season (48 total), winning five of his seven career titles during that span.
In true Kuchar fashion, the 37-year-old has seven top-10 finishes this season and has missed just one cut.  January was his best month, with a tie for third at the Sony Open in Hawaii, then a tie for second next week at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
At the majors, Kuchar finished T7 at the PGA Championship and tied for 12th at the U.S. Open.  He posted two top-10s during the FedExCup Playoffs and finished 19th in the final FedExCup standings.
Kuchar is making his third consecutive Presidents Cup start.  In fact, with three Ryder Cup appearances to his credit, Kuchar has represented the U.S. Team in every Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup since 2010.
Phil Mickelson – Captain’s Pick
  • Age: 45
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 19 events, 3 top-10 finishes, including a T2 at the Masters Tournament
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 (20-16-11)
  • Mickelson, 45, is one of the veteran players on the U.S. Team, having played in each of the 10 Presidents Cups that have been staged in the event’s history, the only player to accomplish that feat. The lefty owns a 20-16-11 record in the event overall, tying him with Jim Furyk and Ernie Els for the second-most match wins behind Tiger Woods, who has 24-career wins in his Presidents Cup career.
At No. 30 in the final U.S. Team standings, Mickelson is the lowest-ranked player in event history to be taken as a captain’s pick (Tiger Woods, 29th, 2011 U.S. Team). He was a captain’s pick with Jay Haas for the inaugural Presidents Cup in 1994.
This year’s Presidents Cup appearance will be his 25th appearance as a member of a U.S. team, including his two Walker Cups, a World Amateur Team Championship and a Dunhill Cup.
Mickelson’s 2014-15 season on the PGA TOUR hasn’t included any victories, but he finished T2 at the Masters Tournament in April, and also recorded top-20 finishes in the PGA Championship and The Open Championship.  Mickelson’s last victory remains the 2013 Open Championship, the fifth major title of 42 PGA TOUR career titles.
Patrick Reed
  • Age: 25
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 27 events, 4 top-10 finishes, including a win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Reed opened the year in dramatic fashion with a playoff victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It was the fourth PGA TOUR title for the 24 year old, who became just the fourth player in the last 20 years to record his fourth TOUR win before the age of 24 years and 6 months.
Prone to excel in pressure situations, Reed sank a clutch 31-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to earn a spot in a playoff with Jordan Spieth and Sean O’Hair at the Valspar Championship, but ultimately fell victim to Spieth. After rounds of 66-69, he shared the 36-hole lead at the U.S. Open with Spieth, before finishing T14, his best finish in six major starts.
Reed posted his fourth top-10 of the season at the Deutsche Bank Championship (T4) and finished in the top 20 at the U.S. Open, Open Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Reed is making his Presidents Cup debut a year after a memorable performance for the U.S. Ryder Cup Team.  Having been heckled at the start of his singles match against Henrik Stenson at Gleneagles, Reed made a putt on the seventh hole to halve the hole, then put his finger to his lips to shush the crowd. He eventually went on to win the match and post a 3-0-1 record.
Jordan Spieth
  • Age: 22
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 25 events, 15 top-10 finishes, including wins at the Valspar Championship, Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, John Deere Classic and TOURChampionship by Coca-Cola
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2013 (2-2-0)
  • Jordan Spieth, 22, authored one of the most remarkable seasons in PGA TOUR history, one that included five victories – including the first two major championships of the season – and a FedExCup title, setting myriad records along the way.
Spieth’s year began with top-10 finishes at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, AT&T Pebble
Beach Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open. His first win of the year came in a playoff at the Valspar Championship, and then followed with runner-up finishes in his following two starts at the Valero Texas Open and the Shell Houston Open (a playoff loss to J.B. Holmes).
Spieth won his first major championship at the Masters Tournament at 21 years of age. The four-stroke win over Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson was the fifth wire-to-wire victory in tournament history. With the win, Spieth (21 years, 8 months, 16 days at the time) added his name to several records, including becoming the second-youngest winner of the Green Jacket in the tournament’s 79-year history behind Tiger Woods (21 years, 3 months, 14 days) and his 18-under-par 270 total matched Woods’ record-setting 1997 performance.
At Chambers Bay in June, Spieth posted a 1-under 69 Sunday to move out of a four-way tie for the 54-hole lead and into the record books, becoming just the sixth player to win the Masters Tournament and U.S. Open in the same season. The victory made Spieth the youngest player to win two career majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922. He also became just the second player since 1940 to win four times on the PGA TOUR before the age of 22.
Spieth won in his next start at the John Deere Classic in a playoff with Tom Gillis, and he came up just one stroke short of the aggregate playoff at The Open Championship in his quest to take home the first three major championships of the season (T4).
Two years after becoming the youngest to ever tee it up at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at age 20 (and finished T2), Spieth won the event, thanks to four rounds in the 60s.  Spieth became the youngest FedExCup champion in history and returned to the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking (which Jason Day claimed for one week). His excellent season led to a vote by his peers to PGA TOUR Player of the Year.
Spieth will make his second start in The Presidents Cup as the top points-earner for the U.S. Team heading into Korea. In 2013, he became the youngest in event history to play for the U.S. Team, posting a 2-2-0 record.
Jimmy Walker
  • Age: 36
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 24 events, 6 top-10 finishes, including wins at the Sony Open in Hawaii and Valero Texas Open
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • It took nine years and 188 starts on the PGA TOUR for Jimmy Walker to post his first win.  He hasn’t slowed down since. At the 2013 Frys.com Open, Walker shot 62-66 on the weekend to beat Vijay Singh. He entered the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time, but more important, it seemed to flip a switch on his career, as he continues to be one of the TOUR’s dominant players. He won two more times in 2014, and twice in 2015.
After a playoff loss at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Walker followed it the next week by winning the Sony Open in Hawaii for the second straight year. For the two weeks in Hawaii, he shot a combined 44 under, with six of his eight rounds at 67 or lower.  In his fifth start back on the mainland, Walker claimed the Valero Texas Open in front of many friends and family, as he lives in the San Antonio area.
Walker recorded six top-10s this season and finished 16th in the FedExCup.  He is making his first Presidents Cup appearance on the heels of a 1-1-3 debut at the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Bubba Watson
  • Age: 36
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 19 events, 10 top-10 finishes, including wins at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and Travelers Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2011 (3-2-0)
  • Watson didn’t add to his major win total this year, but outside of the majors, it may have been his most consistent season on TOUR. He won in his first start of the 2014-15 season with a thrilling victory at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. After making nine combined birdies on the final five holes in rounds two and three, Watson came to the 14th hole of the final round in good position. He again birdied the 14th, but a par on 15, a bogey on 16 and a double-bogey on 17 meant the 36-year-old needed eagle on the final hole to have any chance at the title. In dramatic fashion, Watson holed out from a greenside bunker to force a playoff with Tim Clark. He found the same bunker on the first playoff hole, making birdie to Clark’s par to win the event.
Watson also won the Travelers Championship in a sudden-death playoff, this time over Paul Casey, giving him a 5-for-6 record in playoffs in his PGA TOUR career. Watson is one of six players with multiple wins on the PGA TOUR this season along with Jimmy Walker (Sony Open in Hawaii, Valero Texas Open), Rory McIlroy (World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, Wells Fargo Championship), Rickie Fowler (THE PLAYERS Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship), Jason Day (Farmers Insurance Open, RBC Canadian Open, PGAChampionship, The Barclays, BMW Championship) and Jordan Spieth (Valspar Championship, Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, John Deere Classic, TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola).
Watson has a total of seven top-three finishes this season, with runner-ups at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, RBC Canadian Open and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He finished fifth in the final FedExCup standings.
Waston will make his second appearance in the event after finishing No. 2 in The Presidents Cup U.S. Team standings.
International Team Bios
Sangmoon Bae, Korea, Captain’s Pick
  • Age: 29
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 30 events, 5 top-10 finishes, including 1 win (Frys.com Open)
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Sangmoon Bae will represent the host country at this year’s Presidents Cup, the first played in Asia. He is the only South Korean resident on the squad (Danny Lee was born in South Korea, but is a resident of New Zealand).
Bae began playing golf at age 11 at the urging of his parents, who both play. He was more interested in baseball as a youth before he turned his full-time athletic attention to golf.  Like many Korean players, Bae has been mentored by K.J. Choi, International Team vice-captain.
Bae became the fourth South Korean-born player to win on the PGA TOUR when he claimed the 2013 Byron Nelson Championship. Bae’s 2014-15 season got off to a strong start, with top-six finishes in three of his first four starts, including a victory at the season-opening Frys.com Open.
He has won two professional events at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, site of this year’s Presidents Cup.
After representing his country in the Presidents Cup, he will begin serving South Korea in the military as part of his country’s mandatory military service.
Steven Bowditch, Australia
  • Age: 32
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 32 events, 2 top-10 finishes, including 1 win (AT&T Byron Nelson)
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Bowditch is known for an aggressive, feast-or-famine style of play.  He misses a lot of cuts – at least 11 in each of his six PGA TOUR seasons – but he’s also sprinkled in more than enough success to earn his first Presidents Cup appearance, earning one of Nick Price’s two captain’s picks after finishing No. 11 in the standings (the top 10 automatically make the Team).
Bowditch was a promising amateur growing up in Australia. He attended the Kooralbyn International School, which also produced Adam Scott and Jason Day.
Bowditch finished second in the season-opening Frys.com Open. He went on to win the AT&T Byron Nelson by four shots, giving him a victory in each of the past two PGA TOUR seasons (both in his adopted home state of Texas). His two top-10s this season make this the first in which he has multiple top-10s. He also set a career-high for top-25s in a season (10) and made it to the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time.
Jason Day, Australia, Captain’s Pick
  • Age: 27
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 20 events, 11 top-10 finishes, including 5 wins (Farmers Insurance Open, RBC Canadian Open, PGA Championship, The Barclays, BMW Championship)
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2011, 2013 (4-4-2)
  • This was Day’s first multiple-win season on the PGA TOUR. Day finished in the top 10 in the year’s final three majors, also finishing T9 while battling vertigo at the U.S. Open and T4 at The Open Championship, where he finished one shot outside of the playoff won by Zach Johnson. He set a record for lowest score in relation to par at a major championship, shooting 20-under 268 to beat Jordan Spieth by three shots at the PGA Championship.
Day won two of the four FedExCup Playoffs events and spent one week as No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after his victory at the BMW Championship, his fifth of the season.  He finished No. 3 in the final FedExCup standings.
Day has become one of the world’s best players after a difficult childhood. His father passed away when Jason was 12 years old, a loss that sent Day headed in the wrong direction. Day’s mother, Dening, took out a second mortgage so she could send her son to Kooralbyn International School, seven hours from their home and away from the poor influences Jason was growing up around.
At Kooralbyn, Day met Col Swatton, the coach who changed his life and helped him develop his prodigious talent. Swatton still serves as Day’s instructor and caddie.
Day broke down into tears after winning the PGA Championship as he reflected on the path he has taken to become one of the world’s best players. He also will be the International Team’s leader at this year’s Presidents Cup.
Branden Grace, South Africa
  • Age: 27
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 13 events, 4 top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish at thePGA Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2013 (0-4-0)
  • Grace won twice in 2015, at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in his native South Africa and the European Tour’s Qatar Masters. He also finished in the top five at both the U.S. Open andPGA Championship. Grace played with Jordan Spieth in the penultimate group at Chambers Bay, and he was in contention until hitting his tee shot at No. 16 out-of-bounds, ultimately finishing T4. He placedthird at the PGA Championship, five shots behind winner Jason Day, highlighted by a third-round 64 to move into contention.
The 2006 South African Amateur champion earned his first European Tour card in 2009, but had to spend the next two seasons on lower circuits. He regained his 2012 European Tour card via Q-School, and went on to make history. He became the first player to win his first four European Tour titles in the same season.
Grace’s bounce-back year began with consecutive victories in his native South Africa, at the Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions, where he beat South African major champions Ernie Els and Retief Goosen in a playoff. Grace also won the Volvo China Open and then won at the Home of Golf, in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He didn’t win again on the EuropeanTour until December 2014, when he won the Alfred Dunhill Championship. That set the stage for a breakout 2015 that saw him contend in two major championships.
Like Presidents Cup teammates Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, Grace’s development was aided by the Ernie Els Foundation. Els has long spoken highly about his promising young countryman.
Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand
  • Age: 45
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 10 events, including a T34 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • A runner-up finish at the European Tour’s top event, the BMW PGA Championship, helped Jaidee qualify for his first Presidents Cup team, becoming the first player from Thailand to do so in event history. The second-place finish in May vaulted him 14 spots to No. 35 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He followed with top-11 finishes in three of his next five European Tour starts to help secure his spot. He also was runner-up at the European Tour’s True Thailand Classic in February, and just two weeks ago, earned his 18th worldwide victory by claiming the Porsche European Open, his third victory on European soil.
Jaidee didn’t take the typical journey to professional golf. He played soccer as a youth, but was injured when a skewer became embedded in his foot. During recuperation, he started playing golf at the Army course behind his home with a discarded 5-iron head tied to a bamboo stick.
He joined the Royal Thai Army in 1989 and became a paratrooper. He had time to play plenty of golf and enjoyed a distinguished amateur career, representing Thailand in the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. He turned pro in 1999 at age 30, 10 years after he joined the army.
Jaidee is highly regarded as one of Asia’s greatest players, thanks to an unprecedented three AsianTour Order of Merit crowns and 13 career victories.
Anirban Lahiri, India
  • Age: 28
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 12 events, including a T5 at the PGA Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Lahiri won twice on the European Tour this season, at the Hero Indian Open and Maybank Malaysian Open, helping him to become the first player from India to qualify for The Presidents Cup. He finished T5 at the PGA Championship, his first top-10 in 12 PGA TOURstarts this season, but more importantly, the best finish by an Indian player in major championship history. He also finished fifth at the European Masters.
Lahiri got started in golf like many professionals, following his father, a doctor in the Indian army, to the golf course. Heentered his first tournament the age of 12 and since has developed into India’s top player.  Lahiri earned his European Tour card at Q-School in late 2014, then won two events co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours, including the Indian Open.
His success in Asia (he won his first two European Tour titles, in Malaysia and India, in a three-week span in February) pushed him into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. That earned him his first Masters appearance, one of many opportunities to compete in the United States that arose in 2015.
Lahiri will be a rookie on the PGA TOUR in 2015-16, thanks to his strong finish in the Web.com TourFinals.
Danny Lee, New Zealand
  • Age: 25
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 36 events, 8 top-10 finishes, including a win at The Greenbrier Classic
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): This is his first appearance
  • Lee earned his first PGA TOUR victory at The Greenbrier Classic, starting a strong stretch that boosted him onto his first International Presidents Cup Team.  Lee followed his win with three top-six finishes in his next four starts, vaulting more than 100 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking.  Lee closed out his impressive 2014-15 PGA TOUR campaign with a T2 showing at the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, his eighth top-10 finish, moving him to a ninth-place standing in the final FedExCup rankings.
Lee’s mother So Jin Seo was a golf instructor and a 5 handicap at one point, and her son became one of the game’s phenoms. When he won the 2008 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2, he broke Tiger Woods’ record as the tournament’s youngest champion. He also claimed the 2008 Western Amateur, one of the United States’ top amateur events, and finished T20 in that year’s Wyndham Championship on the PGA TOUR.
Lee continued to impress when he won the European Tour’s Johnnie Walker Classic while still an amateur. He became the youngest winner (18 years, 213 days) in European Tour history and second amateur to win on the circuit. He turned pro after competing in the 2009 Masters. Lee competed on the European Tour in 2010 before playing on the Web.com Tour the following year. He earned his card after one season on that circuit, but had to return in 2013.
Lee is returning to the land of his birth for The Presidents Cup; he was born in Incheon, South Korea, before moving to New Zealand to develop his game.
Marc Leishman, Australia
  • Age: 31
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 23 events, 4 top-10 finishes, including a T2 at The Open Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2013 (2-2-0)
  • Leishman shot 14-under 130 (64-66) on the weekend at The Open Championship to charge his way into a three-man playoff won by Zach Johnson (Leishman’s fellow teammate Louis Oosthuizen also finished tied for second). Leishman was T50 at the halfway mark before matching the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history, and Leishman’s third-round 64 was one shot off the lowest round in major history.
Leishman also finished in the top 10 in two World Golf Championships, the Cadillac Match Play (T9) and HSBC Champions (ninth). He has now finished in the top five in a major in three consecutive years (T4, 2013 Masters; T5, 2014 Open Championship; T2, 2015 Open Championship).
His success at The Open Championship came after enduring an ordeal that nothing on the golf course will rival. Leishman was at Augusta National to prepare for the Masters when his wife Audrey was admitted to the hospital. Leishman withdrew from the Masters to be by her side. Audrey had developed acute respiratory distress syndrome, and her lungs were filled with fluid. She also was diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome. The last thing Audrey remembers with any certainty is calling her parents and telling them that she loved them. She called her brothers, too. In maybe the hardest conversation, Marc and Audrey essentially said their goodbyes, as well.  Audrey has recovered after a frightening hospital stay, but the Leishmans will never be the same.
“It’s changed my whole perspective on life,” he said. “I feel like I’ve always had a pretty good outlook on life, but now just it takes a lot more to worry me.”
Hideki Matsuyama, Japan
  • Age: 23
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 25 events, 9 top-10 finishes, including a T2 at the Waste Management Open
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2013 (1-3-1)
  • While Matsuyama did not win in 2015, he was No. 20 in the FedExCup at the start of the FedExCup Playoffs on the strength of eight top-10s, including six top-five finishes. He was runner-up at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and finished third at the Frys.com Open and Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He also finished fifth at the Masters, his career-best finish in a major championship.
Thanks to a T7 at the BMW Championship, the penultimate event of the 2014-15 season, Matsuyama finished a career-best 16th in the FedExCup.
Matsuyama earned his first PGA TOUR title at the 2014 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, less than a year after he made his Presidents Cup debut on the same course (Muirfield Village Golf Club). He also has won six times on the Japan Tour, including once while still an amateur.
Matsuyama has been a promising prospect since those amateur days. He won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in 2010 and 2011, the second and third years of the event that was created in part by Augusta National and the R&A. The tournament was formed to produce champions who would inspire future generations of players in the region. Matsuyama has certainly accomplished that goal.
The Asia-Pacific Amateur champ earns a berth in the Masters. Matsuyama made the cut in both Masters appearances he made as an amateur and earned low-amateur honors in 2011 after finishing T27.
Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa
  • Age: 32
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 20 events, 6 top-10 finishes, including a T2 at the U.S. Open and The Open Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2013 (1-3-1)
  • Oosthuizen grew up as the son of a farmer in South Africa. His father and brother both played tennis at the provincial level, but Oosthuizen opted for golf. He joined the long line of South Africans who have won major championships when he won the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews by seven shots.
Oosthuizen was one of the many young South Africans whose development was aided by the Ernie Els Foundation, which provides financial assistance to up-and-coming junior golfers.
Oosthuizen turned pro in 2002, but he did not win his first European Tour title until 2010, at the Andalucia Open. He won The Open Championship later that year. He’s been a consistent presence on major championship leaderboards since then, finishing second at the 2012 Masters, making an albatross in the final round before losing a playoff to Bubba Watson (he won the Maybank Malaysian Open the following week).
Oosthuizen was runner-up at this year’s U.S. Open and Open Championship. He rebounded from a first-round 77 at the U.S. Open to finish one shot behind Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. Oosthuizen shot a back-nine 29 on Sunday, making birdie on six of his final seven holes. He also played in Sunday’s final group at The Open Championship at St. Andrews He made birdie on the 72nd hole to get into a playoff with Marc Leishman and Zach Johnson, but finished one shot behind Johnson in the four-hole playoff.
He has won seven times on the European Tour.  This is his second Presidents Cup appearance as one of three South Africans on the International Team.
Charl Schwartzel, South Africa
  • Age: 31
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 19 events, 3 top-10 finishes, including a T3 at the Wyndham Championship
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2011, 2013 (5-4-1)
  • Schwartzel finished second in his first start of 2015, at the South African Open, though that finish came after he lost a five-shot lead in his home country’s national championship. He was seeking his first South African Open victory, but played his final five holes in 4 over. It remained Schwartzel’s best finish of 2015. On the PGA TOUR, Schwartzel finished third at the Wyndham Championship  to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.
He made the cut in all four majors, posting a seventh-place finish at the U.S. Open, where he shot a final-round 66.
Schwartzel earned his first European Tour card at the 2002 Q-School when he was just 18 years old, the third-youngest player to accomplish the feat. He played on national amateur teams with Louis Oosthuizen, and the two remain close friends. Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters months after Oosthuizen won his first major at The Open Championship. The two are now International Presidents Cup teammates for the second time.
Adam Scott, Australia
  • Age: 35
  • 2015 PGA TOUR record: 15 events, 3 top-10 finishes, including a T4 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and U.S. Open
  • The Presidents Cup appearances (record): 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 (12-15-3)
  • The International Team’s veteran leader, Scott has endured a tough year on the course.  The Australian, who became the world’s No. 1 player in 2014, finished in the top 10 in just three of 15 PGA TOUR starts this year. His FedExCup season ended at The Barclays, ending a streak of five consecutive appearances in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Scott’s year got off to a strong start. He finished T4 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship while using a short putter for the first time in years. His other top-10s came in majors. He finished T4 at the U.S. Open after a final-round 64, the low round of the day, and T10 at The Open Championship. He held a share of the lead during the final round at St. Andrews before playing his final four holes in 4 over.
Scott, who won his first major at the 2013 Masters, spent much of the year adjusting to a new putter and a new caddie. He also became a father for the first time in February. Scott, who had been using a broomstick putter for several years, started the season with a traditional-length putter because of the anchoring ban that takes effect Jan. 1, 2016. After struggling with the short putter, Scott has decided to use the long putter without anchoring it.

er a final-round 64, the low round of the day, and T10 at The Open Championship. He held a share of the lead during the final round at St. Andrews before playing his final four holes in 4 over.

Scott, who won his first major at the 2013 Masters, spent much of the year adjusting to a new putter and a new caddie. He also became a father for the first time in February. Scott, who had been using a broomstick putter for several years, started the season with a traditional-length putter because of the anchoring ban that takes effect Jan. 1, 2016. After struggling with the short putter, Scott has decided to use the long putter without anchoring it.

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Oct 02 2015

SHO champ Holmes replaces injured Furyk on Presidents Cup Team

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Furyk to attend as fourth U.S. Team captain’s assistant

 

Jim Furyk, who was due to make his eighth appearance as a member of the U.S. Presidents Cup Team, announced today that he would be unable to compete in the event next week due to an ongoing wrist injury. U.S. Team Captain Jay Haas has replaced Furyk with 2015 Shell Houston Open winner J.B. Holmes, who finished No. 12 in the final team standings. Furyk will travel to Korea to serve as a fourth captain’s assistant to the Haas and the U.S. Team, joining Fred Couples, Davis Love III and Steve Stricker.

The Presidents Cup – a team, match-play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – comes to Asia for the first time, and will be held at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Songdo IBD, Incheon City, Korea, October 6-11.

Furyk was forced to withdraw from the final two events of the FedExCup Playoffs to rehabilitate a bone contusion on his wrist. Treatment for the injury over the past two weeks did not provide relief to the extent that Furyk felt he would be able to compete in Korea. Under The Presidents Cup Captains’ Agreement, Haas had until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, prior to the start of the competition to select any eligible player to replace him.

“There is nothing I take more pride in than representing the United States in The Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup, and I am deeply disappointed that I will have to withdraw from playing because my wrist, although improving, is still not where it needs to be at this point,” said Furyk. “There are few people I respect more than Jay Haas, who I partnered with in The Presidents Cup in 2003 in South Africa, and I’m very grateful to accept the invitation to be part of the team as assistant captain.”

Holmes, a four-time PGA TOUR winner, will be making his Presidents Cup debut. He represented the United States in the 2008 Ryder Cup, held in his home state of Kentucky, and posted a 2-0-1 record.

This season from February through April, Holmes played exceptionally well. At the Farmers Insurance Open, he lost to Jason Day in a playoff. The following month, he was a runner-up again at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Doral. And then in April, he won the Shell Houston Open, opening the final round with five birdies en route to a 64. Johnson Wagner and Jordan Spieth both drained long putts to tie Holmes, but the former Kentucky Wildcat was the last man standing after the second hole of sudden death.

Holmes finished the FedExCup Playoffs strong with a T4 at the BMW Championship and a T8 at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola – two of his seven top 10s this season. His No. 14 ranking in the FedExCup standings is a career-best.

“My heart goes out to Jim because I know how much The Presidents Cup means to him,” said Holmes. “Obviously, he has been a leader for our team for many years and he will be greatly missed. I am, however, very honored and excited to get the call from Captain Haas to make the trip to South Korea to help the U.S. Team retain the Cup. Having personally experienced a victory in the Ryder Cup in 2008, I know firsthand what a phenomenal feeling it is to win for the United States and your teammates. I have always loved playing in team competitions, and, clearly, playing on the U.S. Presidents Cup Team represents the pinnacle of such team competitions. I am so excited for this honor and look forward to joining my great teammates in Korea.”

Haas said, “Jim did everything he could to be ready, and I’m sad that he won’t be able to play. He’s a totally selfless team player who will be missed. He’s had another great year, and I believe he was pointing toward this event to cap it off. Even though he won’t be able to play, to have both Tabitha and him in Korea will be a boost to the entire team. With that said, J.B. is excited for the opportunity and will be ready to play. He’s had two top 10s to end the FedExCup Playoffs, so he’s playing well and he’ll be a good fit. We’re all looking forward to a great week.”

Tickets to The Presidents Cup 2015 are on sale at 2015presidentscup.com (Korean) and presidentscup.com (English). Weekly and daily grounds tickets are being sold as well as weekly Captains’ Club VIP tickets. Tickets are limited to this once-in-a-lifetime event; those who purchase early will save and be guaranteed a place in Korean sports history.

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Sep 28 2015

SHO competitor Jordan Spieth wins FedExCup

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HUMBLE, TX (Sept. 28, 2015) —Jordan Spieth, one of 16 players in the 29-player field who competed in the 2015 Shell Houston Open, won the TOUR Championship and consequently the FedExCup title in convincing fashion on Sunday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

Jordan Spieth with TOUR Championship crystal and FedExCup sterling silver trophies at East Lake Golf Club.

The 22-year-old Dallas resident wielded his putter like a magic wand en route to a final-round 1-under-par 69 and a 9-under-par 271 total that was 4 strokes better than Danny Lee, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. Also Lee and Rose played in Houston this spring. Stenson was committed to withdrew due to illness just before play began at the SHO.

It was a record-setting year for the former University of Texas golfer. He won five times, including the Masters and U.S. Open. He was in a playoff at the Shell Houston Open, won by J.B. Holmes.

Spieth regained the No. 1 position in the World Golf Rankings. He also has made more money in a single season than anyone else —  a total of $12,030,465 that doesn’t include Sunday’s $10 million FedExCup bonus. While there will be a vote, all the smart money is on Spieth for garner 2015 PGA TOUR Player of the Year honors. He has already won PGA of America Player of the Year honors as well as the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average.

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Sep 22 2015

16 SHO competitors reach TOUR Championship

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HUMBLE, TX (Sept. 22, 2015) — The FedExCup Playoffs come to an end this week in Atlanta when the Top 30 in the points standings tee it up at East Lake Golf Club in the TOUR Championship,  by Coca-Cola.  Of the Top 30 to reach the finale, more than half the field, 16 to be exact, teed it up at the Shell Houston Open in the spring.

The field also includes two former Shell Houston Open winners, Paul Casey (2009) and J.B. Holmes (2015).

Other TOUR Championship field members who competed in the SHO include: Daniel Berger, Steven Bowditch, Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas, Charley Hoffman, Kevin Kisner, Matt Kuchar, Danny Lee, Louis Oosthuizen, Scott Piercy, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and Robert Streb.

The Top 125 players in FedExCup points qualified for The Barclays, which was the first playoff event. After a re-shuffle the Top 100 in FedExCup points advanced to the next round at the Deutsche Bank Championship  at the TPC Boston in Norton, MA. Another points reset  then sent 70 players to the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Il., where the field was pared down to the Top 30 in the points race who advanced to the TOUR Championship.

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