Haas, Price name additional captains’ assistants
Love III joins Haas, Couples on U.S. Team; McNulty, Johnstone join Price, Choi on International Team
March 04, 2015
- March 04, 2015
- The Presidents Cup Captains made the announcement at the Cadillac Championshio. (David Cannon/Getty Images)
DORAL, Fla. – U.S. Presidents Cup Team Captain Jay Haas named Davis Love III as his second his captain’s assistant, joining Fred Couples in that role, and International Team Captain Nick Price named Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone as captain’s assistants, rounding out that team’s leadership with Vice-Captain K.J. Choi. Haas has the option to name a third captain’s assistant if he chooses. The announcement was made at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral, where both Haas and Price were on site to meet with potential team members.
The Presidents Cup will be played in Asia for the first time Oct. 6-11 at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Songdo IBD, Incheon City, South Korea.
Love, who was just last week named as U.S. Ryder Cup Team captain for 2016, is a six-time U.S. Presidents Cup Team member (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005) and U.S. Ryder Cup Team member (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004). He served as U.S. Team captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup and as a captain’s assistant for The Presidents Cup 2013 at Muirfield Village. Love is a 20-time PGA TOUR winner, most recently at the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart. His resume includes victories at the 1997 PGA Championship and 1992 and 2003 PLAYERS Championships.
“I’m ready to help Jay and the team as much as I can as a captain’s assistant,” Love said. “Jay and I were successful as assistants for the last Presidents Cup in 2013, and I am very excited to join him and the U.S. Team in South Korea this fall. I love being in the team room and positively impacting the U.S. side anyway I can. As the season progresses, I look forward to playing with some of the U.S. Team as I still play on the PGA TOUR quite a bit. But I am happy to help Jay and the team however I can.”
“I’ve learned a lot from being Fred Couples’ right-hand man when he was Presidents Cup captain, so I’m glad he will be with me in South Korea, and also having Davis back as an assistant is a huge positive and makes a lot of sense,” said Haas. “I’m pleased he has enthusiastically accepted the assistant captain’s position as he has vast experience that we can call upon. He will be my eyes and ears out on the PGA TOUR, which will be invaluable.”
McNulty reprises his role as a captain’s assistant for the International Team under Price. McNulty, who hails from Zimbabwe, was a Presidents Cup teammate of Price in 1994 and 1996. He compiled a 3-4-2 record, earning a half-point with Price in 1994 in the Day One Foursomes competition and a full point with Price in 1996 in the Day Two Four-Ball competition. McNulty was one of the leading players on the European Tour from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, winning 16 events, and he won 33 times on the Sunshine Tour, topping the Order of Merit nine times. He currently competes on the Champions Tour, where he has won eight tournaments, including the 2007 JELD-WEN Tradition, a major championship, and most recently the 2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, a team event, with David Eger.
“I was once again extremely honored to be asked by Nick to be an assistant captain at this year’s Presidents Cup,” McNulty said. “I have so many fond memories of playing in the event, but as an assistant captain in 2013 I was privileged to experience the competition from a different perspective, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I really am honored and I look forward to helping Nick and the International Team win the trophy in South Korea."
Johnstone, like Price and McNulty, is from Zimbabwe and will be in the same role he was for The Presidents Cup 2013. He spent his competitive career mainly on the South African Sunshine Tour, where he won 17 times, and the European Tour, where he won six times, including the 1992 British PGA Championship. He has represented Zimbabwe in international competition several times, including the Alfred Dunhill Cup (1993-98, 2000) and the World Cup (1994-98, 2000-01).
“The Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village was unquestionably one of the most enjoyable experiences of my golfing career,” Johnstone said. “I am honored and proud that Nick has again asked me to be a part of his team, and I can’t wait for this year’s edition in Incheon. It was a wonderful team atmosphere in Ohio and I will strive to help recreate that situation for the International Team again this year.”
“Tony and Mark and I have known each other since childhood, playing with and competing against each other at junior tournaments and becoming great friends away from the golf course over the last 40 years or so,” Price said. “Tony and Mark immersed themselves in their roles in the year leading up to the 2013 Presidents Cup and were instrumental, along with Shigeki Maruyama, in creating the excellent team spirit and camaraderie we had. It was an easy choice for me to ask them to return as assistant captains again this year, and I’m happy they have accepted their positions.”