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Price snubs Clark, Coetzee

2013-09-04 21:35
Tim Clark (AFP)

Ohio - South Africa's Tim Clark and George Coetzee have both missed out on Wednesday at being selected as one of captain Nick Price's two captain's picks for the International team to compete against the United States at next month's Presidents Cup.

Price will lead the International team, bidding for only their second triumph over the US team, into battle on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village golf course in Dublin, Ohio on October 3.

US captain Fred Couples has opted for a blend of experience and emerging talent while Price banked on current form.

Couples chose former major winner Webb Simpson and rookie sensation Jordan Spieth as his wild cards for the US team.

Price went for fellow Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge and Australian Marc Leishman to round out his 12-man International line-up.

Spieth, Leishman and de Jonge will be making their first appearances in the biennial team competition while Simpson is set for his second stint with the US after making his Cup debut in Australia in 2011.

Simpson, the 2012 US Open champion, was widely expected to be included for the Ryder Cup-style competition after spending most of the past two years in the automatic top 10 in the US points standings before finishing up in 11th.

Red-hot PGA Tour rookie Spieth was a much bolder selection but had captured Couples' attention with a sizzling run of form over the past two months.

The 20-year-old won his maiden PGA Tour title at the John Deere Classic in July, lost out in a playoff for last month's Wyndham Championship and rocketed into a tie for fourth at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday after closing with a 62.

Burly Zimbabwean de Jonge, though yet to win on the PGA Tour, has established a reputation as a 'birdie machine' on the US circuit and gained Price's nod after a consistent 2013 campaign capped by a strong start to the FedExCup playoffs.

Leishman, whose only PGA Tour victory came at the 2012 Travelers Championship, has recorded four-top-10s this season and effectively sealed his Cup debut by finishing 16th at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Teams:

USA: Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Steve Stricker, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth.

International: Adam Scott (Australia), Charl Schwartzel (South Africa), Jason Day (Australia), Ernie Els (South Africa), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Branden Grace (South Africa), Graham DeLaet (Canada), Richard Sterne (South Africa), Angel Cabrera (Argentina), Marc Leishman (Australia) and Brendon de Jonge (Zimbabwe).

Previous results:
2011 - Royal Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (U.S. 19, International 15)
2009 - Harding Park Golf Course, San Francisco (U.S. 19-1/2, International 14-1/2)
2007 - Royal Montreal Golf Club, Canada (U.S. 19-1/2, International 14-1/2)
2005 - Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Virginia (U.S. 18-1/2, International 15-1/2)
2003 - Fancourt Hotel and Country Club, George, South Africa (International 17, U.S. 17)
2000 - Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Virginia (U.S. 21-1/2, International 10-1/2)
1998 - Royal Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (International 20-1/2, U.S. 11-1/2)
1996 - Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Virginia (U.S. 16-1/2, International 15-1/2)
1994 - Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Virginia (U.S. 20, International 12)

2013 schedule:
October 3 - Fourballs (six matches)
October 4 - Foursomes (six matches)
October 5 - Fourballs (five matches), foursomes (five matches)
October 6 - Singles (12 matches)

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