Stricker, Price named as Presidents Cup captains

It may as well be called the showdown of the nice guys.

Certainly American Steve Stricker and Zimbabwe’s three-time major winner Nick Price are regarded as two of the nicest guys in professional golf.

Nick Price Nick Price (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

That should ensure next year’s Presidents Cup will be played in the right spirit of the game after the pair were named captains of the two teams that will do battle at Liberty National in Jersey City, New Jersey in 2017.

It will be 59-year-old Price’s third stint as captain of the Internationals while Stricker, at 49, will be making his captaincy debut for the US team when the Cup hits off in September next year.

Price had yearned for another stint at the helm after the US won last year’s Cup, making it nine of the last 11 Presidents Cups to have gone that way.

The pressure will also be right on Stricker as the 12-time Tour winner has played in five previous Presidents Cups, but never had the honour of making all the decisions related to captaincy.

“I’m incredibly honoured to have been selected as a US captain for the Presidents Cup and I’m looking forward to it coming to Liberty National, one of my favourite venues,” said Stricker.

“This event has meant a lot to me, and I’m looking forward to leading what will be a very promising U.S. Team in 2017.”

Price played in his first Presidents Cup in 1994 and can’t wait to get his team across the line next year:

“It’s an honour for me to continue to serve as International Team captain again in 2017,” he said.

“The Presidents Cup has meant so much to me and to my career, both as a player and a captain, and I’m excited to have another chance to be a part of this great event.

“I am so looking forward to leading what I’m sure will be another very strong International Team and having another opportunity to win the Cup, after such a close finish last year.

“Steve will be a tremendous captain for the U.S. Team in 2017, as he has always been a tenacious competitor and is respected by so many of us who play the game.

“I know he will be a tough opponent as well as a very popular captain.”