Couples, Price 2013 Presidents Cup captains

PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem has announced that Fred Couples and Nick Price will serve as captains of the US and International Teams, respectively, for The Presidents Cup 2013 in Dublin, Ohio.

Couples, a winner of the Memorial Tournament in 1998 and in the field this week as a sponsor’s exemption, joined Finchem in the media centre for the announcement, as did Price, a World Golf Hall of Fame member.

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 US golf course to host the prestigious match-play competition, joining Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Prince William County, Va., (1994, 1996, 2000) and Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, Calif., (2009).

“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 US Presidents Cup Team in 2009 and 2011 speaks for itself. Fred deserves to continue his role as captain of the US 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, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers — 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe — is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues.