Haas, Price named Presidents Cup captains
06/04/2014 3:28 PM
06/04/2014 4:27 PM
Ridgedale, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jay Haas said he was "overwhelmed, humbled and excited" by the news.
At the Presidents Cup, the 60-year-old Haas has gotten to be a player, an assistant captain and a dad.
This time he gets to be in charge.
"I'm in uncharted waters," said Haas. "I can't wait."
Haas was named Wednesday as the U.S. captain for the 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea after serving as an assistant captain on the last three American teams.
The International team will be captained for the second straight time by Nick Price of Zimbabwe, who will again be tasked with trying to end his side's long losing streak at the biennial event.
The U.S. is 8-1-1 at the Presidents Cup, winning the last five since the teams tied in 2003.
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem introduced Haas and Price as captains during a news conference at Big Cedar Lodge, the site of this week's Legends of Golf event on the Champions Tour.
Finchem said Haas "brings a perspective to the Presidents Cup like no other captain or player can" because of his unique situation of having served in so many roles.
Haas had a 5-3-1 record in two Presidents Cup appearances as a player in 1994 and 2003, when he was a captain's pick both times. He served as an assistant to captain Fred Couples in 2009, 2011 and 2013. His son, PGA Tour player Bill Haas, was a player on the last two teams.
"My goal was always to be a participant and not a captain," said Haas, who later joked: "Hopefully I won't screw this team up too badly."
The event will be held Oct. 8-11, 2015, at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea -- the first time a Presidents Cup will be played in Asia.
Price named Korean star K.J. Choi as a vice captain. Haas, ensuring even more continuity on the U.S. side, selected Couples as his assistant captain. Haas and Couples were U.S. teammates in the first Presidents Cup in 1994.
Last October, Tiger Woods secured the winning point for the U.S. at Nicklaus' Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. The International team's only win came in 1998.
Price said he was "delighted" to be asked to lead the International team again after a three-point loss last year, which he called a "learning experience."
"I just want to thank the players on the team last year," said Price, who was 8-11-4 as a player in five Presidents Cups from 1994 to 2003. "Because without them I don't think I would be sitting here today."
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