Presidents Cup Captains Davis Love III (U.S.) and Trevor Immelman (The Internationals) rounded out their 12-player teams with six wild-card picks and the LIV Golf effect was pretty clear, particularly for the Black and Gold team.
Love added Max Homa, Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner, Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth and Cameron Young.
Because LIV Golf signed U.S. team (Presidents/Ryder Cup/Olympic) regulars such as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, three of Love’s six picks will be making their debut in team play (Homa, Horschel and Young), while 38-year-old Kisner makes just his second team appearance.
Those six join the six who’d qualified by points: Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, Sam Burns, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Tony Finau.
Immelman, meanwhile, lost locks such as Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Abraham Ancer, Joaquin Niemann and Louis Oosthuizen, along with potential captain’s picks Carlos Ortiz, Branden Grace, and Anirban Lahiri. All currently compete in the LIV Golf Series.
Beware the underdog.
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The six qualifiers for Immelman’s team included three newcomers: Corey Conners, Mito Pereira, and Tom Kim. They will join International team alums Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott and Sungjae Im.
Of Immelman’s captain’s picks, only Si Woo Kim has Cup experience. The other five are first timers: K.H. Lee, Christian Bezuidenhout, Cameron Davis, Taylor Pendrith and Sebastian Munoz.
The Presidents Cup will be contested at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 20-25.
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