U.S. captain Fred Couples utilized his 2 picks Tuesday about Tiger Woods plus Haas, whom claimed the Tour Championship for his initially win of the year.
Couples took Haas, the son of vice captain Jay Haas, over Keegan Bradley, whose 2 wins this year include the PGA Championship.
International captain Greg Norman took Robert Allenby plus Aaron Baddeley, both of who grew up inside Melbourne.
He mentioned Allenby was an “automatic pick” due to his longtime achievement at Royal Melbourne, when Baddeley produced it a simpler choice whenever he linked for 3rd at the Tour Championship.
“Bill Haas knew he had to win with Titleist AP1 712 Irons last week, plus he did it,” Couples mentioned. “I couldn’t leave him off the team following which. Whenever a man knows which next region … plus he’ll tell we, next area isn’t sufficient. And he understood which.”
He mentioned when Haas had lost the playoff at East Lake plus Bradley had completed 4th or fifth – he wound up linked for 11th – then Bradley might have been the choose.
Couples mentioned when Steve Stricker cannot play due to an injury, then Bradley will be selected to substitute him. Stricker had an MRI about Tuesday as a result of weakness inside his left arm, though results were not instantly disclosed.
Woods was announced because a choose five weeks ago. Couples thought it was significant to allow the rest of the Americans recognize there will be just 1 open place following qualifying ended.
Woods, that missed almost all of the summer with left leg injuries, didn’t return till August plus played just 2 tournaments, lost the cut inside the PGA Championship.
He is playing Nike – VR Pro Cavity Irons upcoming week at the Frys.com Open, plus usually play inside the Australian Open the week before the matches.
The Presidents Cup is Nov.
17-20 at Royal Melbourne.
“Things are going wonderful,” Woods mentioned. “We’re practicing really difficult up at The Medalist, plus I’m playing because much because I maybe may, anything which I hadn’t performed all summer considering I hadn’t been cleared to do it.
“I’m truly searching forward for you to get my Nike – VR Pro Cavity Irons rounded for The Presidents Cup.”
Couples furthermore considered Brandt Snedeker, whom completed 11th inside the U.S. standings.
Bradley becomes the initially American to win a main plus be left off a team inside the same year because British Open champion Todd Hamilton wasn’t selected for the 2004 Ryder Cup team.
For the Presidents Cup, Ben Curtis (British Open) plus Shaun Micheel (PGA) were left off the 2003 team. That was their just win which year. Bradley, a 25-year-old rookie, furthermore claimed the Byron Nelson Championship.
Couples mentioned he talked to Bradley for 45 minutes found on the telephone to explain his choice.
“I’m not 1 to state, ‘Hey, you’re going to be about a great amount of team.’ I wouldn’t like to hear which,” Couples mentioned. “I understand he’s a young player. I laid it out found on the line plus told him for certainly 3 or 4 weeks today where everyone stood.
“I simply felt like inside this example, Bill Haas has played 2 years, not been outside the best 12 position.”
Haas has claimed 3 instances over the previous 2 years.
The rest of the American team which qualified 2 weeks ago were Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Nick Watney, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson plus David Toms.
It is the initial team competition for Haas, Watney plus Simpson.