PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem today announced that Fred Couples and Nick Price will serve as captains of the U.S. and International Teams, respectively, for The Presidents Cup 2013.
“Fred Couples and Nick Price will both bring a wealth of enthusiasm and experience to their respective teams for The Presidents Cup 2013, which will only serve to continue the momentum and success of the past nine events,” said Finchem.
“Fred’s 2-0 record as captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup Team in 2009 and 2011 speaks for itself. He is one of the most charismatic and popular players in TOUR history, and that personality has translated into similar success and popularity as captain. Fred deserves to continue his role as captain of the U.S. Team and attempt to win for a third time - a feat that has yet to be accomplished at The Presidents Cup. It’s more than fitting that Fred will have the chance to better Jack Nicklaus’ 2-1-1 record at Jack’s course in 2013.”
“And while Nick is a ‘rookie’ captain, his support and promotion of The Presidents Cup has been second to none since the day the event came into existence, putting him at the top of the list to take on this role in 2013. He’s often called The Presidents Cup his favourite event, and that is high praise from such a successful, international player who has competed in and won events all around the world.”
The Presidents Cup 2009 marked the first time in event history that both captains, Couples and Greg Norman, were former participants in The Presidents Cup.
With his appointment as International Team captain, Price now has the distinction of being the captain with the most Presidents Cup experience as a player.
He competed for the International Team a total of five times (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2003), compared to Couples’ four appearances (1994, 1996, 1998, 2005) and Norman’s three (1996, 1998, 2000).
The Presidents Cup 2013 will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 6 when the biennial competition returns to the United States and Muirfield Village Golf Club becomes the third U.S. golf course to host the prestigious match-play competition.
The Americans currently hold a 7-1-1 record in the competition, with Couples leading the U.S. Team to victory in 2009 and 2011.