South Korean K.J. Choi, Canada’s Mike Weir and South African Trevor Immelman will join Melbournian Geoff Ogilvy in leadership positions when the Internationals take on the Americans at Royal Melbourne Golf Club from December 9-15.
The trio brings immense Presidents Cup experience to the table for the Internationals who are desperate to put an end to the US team's dominance of an event they've won 10 times, drawn once and lost once in 12 previous stagings.
Weir - a five-time Presidents Cup competitor and 2003 Masters champion - is the most experienced of the three new additions while Choi and Immelman are three-time and two-time Presidents Cup players respectively.
In terms of captain's assistant experience, 2008 Masters champion Immelman is making his debut, while Weir and Choi return to the International team's support crew for the second occasion.
Choi - who boasts close to 30 wins worldwide including 8 on the PGA Tour - is the only one of the three to have competed in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne when he was part of a losing side in 2011.
“As the most successful Asian golfer on the PGA Tour, K.J. certainly commands a lot of respect amongst our players and I believe he will fire up our guys at Royal Melbourne,” Els told the PGA Tour.
“K.J. has a calm demeanor, which will be a valuable asset in our team room and out on the golf course during the heat of battle. I’ll be counting on K.J. to impart his vast experience of being a three-time International team member as well as a captain’s assistant when we map out our strategies during the competition.”
Of the five consecutive Presidents Cups Weir played in (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009), he was a teammate of Els' four times.
“I also worked alongside Mike as a captain’s assistant in 2017 and he brought a considerable amount of experience and input into our team room and provided a positive influence on our players," Els said. "His presence will be invaluable as we seek to regain the Presidents Cup.”
From left to right: K.J. Choi, Mike Weir, Trevor Immelman (Source: Getty Images)
Els and his countryman Immelman were teammates on the Presidents Cup team in 2007 at Royal Montreal Golf Club in Canada.
“I have known Trevor for a very long time and trust him fully to know that he will be an integral element in our team,” Els said.
Ogilvy - who was named as a captain's assistant in November - mirrors Choi's experience as a three-time competitor at the event including when the event was last held in Melbourne eight years ago.
The International team's only Presidents Cup victory came in 1998 at Royal Melbourne, which was the first time the event had been staged outside the US.
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