Steve Stricker and Nick Price named as Presidents Cup Captains for the 2017 playing of the event as the US look to the future in team events
Steve Stricker and Nick Price named as Presidents Cup Captains for the 2017 playing of the event. The Presidents Cup pits the USA against a team of Internationals (excluding Europe) and the 2017 playing will take place at Liberty National Golf Club, New York from 25 September to October 1st.
Stricker was the obvious choice for team USA who have won nine of the last 11 contests, including last year. His record in the event is impressive – from five appearances, he has won 14 matches, losing 10 and halving none. More importantly, Stricker has been a well liked and respected player on the PGA Tour since turning professional in 1990. He has also won 22 times as a professional. His selection as Captain provides the ideal proving groud to go on and potentially become Ryder Cup Captain one day.
Stricker said, “I’ve learned a lot over the years playing for different captains, and then an assistant captain the last couple of years. And I’ve seen some things that have worked and I’ve seen some things that haven’t worked.
So I can take those experiences with me next year and hopefully come out on top. But it’s going to be tough. These guys have got some momentum, I think, based off the last year’s Presidents Cup. And it’s going to be up to us to kind of stop that little bit of momentum they had. Even though we won, it came down to a lot closer match. And so that’s something that we’re going to have to deal with straightaway.”
The International team will be led by three time major winner Nick Price for the third time. His playing career featured a total of 50 wins on Tours all around the world. The 59 year-old has also played in five Presidents Cups winning eight matches, losing 11 and halving four.
He said, “I think, the experiences that I gained over the last Presidents Cups are really going to help an awful lot. As the captain, there’s so much going through your mind and there’s so many things that you have to think about. Not only the pairings but you seem to need to be in two places at one time at times out there.
But in a nutshell, I think the only thing that I can really do is motivate the players, let them know how excited I am to be a captain again. I’ll start spending a lot more time with them as we get closer to the event next year, going to more events and just making sure that we are a team when we arrive there.”