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Presidents Cup Team Refresh for Internationals

South African Charl Schwartzel returns as one of the International Team's most experienced members.
Three Australians and three first-timers have earned automatic selection for the International Team to take on Team USA at the Presidents Cup later this month in New Jersey.

Following the completion of this week's FedEx Cup Playoffs event in Boston, the first 10 spots on each team were decided with two Captain's Picks per team to be announced on September 6 US time.

Australians Jason Day, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman never looked like missing the team and join a characteristically strong contingent of South Africans: Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace.

Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama topped the Internationals' automatic selections while Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas, this year's Players champion Si Woo Kim and Canadian Adam Hadwin will each make their Presidents Cup debut at Liberty National Golf Club from September 26-October 1.

Scott is by far the most experienced of the Internationals and will make his 8th Presidents Cup appearance.

The Queenslander will also carry plenty of course form to Liberty National, where he won the opening FedEx Cup Playoffs event in 2013.

Schwartzel and Day will have their 4th outing in International colours, while Oosthuizen, Leishman, Matsuyama and Grace are all preparing for a 3rd appearance.

The Internationals will look to arrest a lop-sided scoreline at the Presidents Cup, which has been dominated by the Americans

In the previous 11 stagings, the US have won nine, while the 2003 Cup finished in a tie and the Internationals' only victory came in 1998 at Royal Melbourne.

The Americans will likely enter with a more decorated team but one which has more Presidents Cup debutants.

Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar return to the team while five Americans make their maiden Presidents Cup appearance: Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner and Kevin Chappell.

The Internationals' automatic qualifiers boast a collective tally of 4 major championship victories while the Americans have 6.

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Henry Peters
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