Choi named Vice Captain for International Team

Thu 05 Jun 2014

Choi named Vice Captain for International Team

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June 5: Asian Tour honorary member K.J. Choi of Korea has been named as Vice Captain for the International Team when the Presidents Cup is staged in Korea in October, 2015.
Captain Nick Price, who was picked to lead the Internationals against the United States for a second time, said: “I am so happy that K.J. Choi has agreed to be my vice-captain, as it will be a very special week for him.
“Having played on previous teams, he is going to be a very valuable addition, and I am certainly not ruling out the possibility that he may make the team. This is a momentous occasion for Korea and Asia as a whole, and I look so forward to having the opportunity to work with him in leading what I know will be an exceptionally strong International Team.”
Choi, the first Asian Tour graduate to make it big on the PGA Tour where he is an eight-time winner, said, “This is a tremendous honour, and I am sincerely grateful to Nick Price for the opportunity to serve as vice-captain of the 2015 International Team.  Seeing The Presidents Cup played in Korea will be the most incredible experience for my country, and I look forward to helping Nick and my fellow captain’s assistants as we look to reclaim the Cup.”
The President’s Cup, a biennial event, will be played at Songdo IBD, Incheon City in October of 2015. It's the first time the event will be played in Asia.
Price believes Choi’s presence will serve as an inspiration to the team and also boost golf in Asia where he is already a house-hold name.
“Two years ago when I was announced as the captain for the first time, the first event that I went to was the Bridgestone Invitational, and I met with K.J. Immediately I could see the passion that he had. He was explaining to me what he felt would be - how we could improve, how we could do the pairings, how we could have more practice rounds.
“He had a lot of great ideas, a lot of great advice, which I used, which I also understood. So it was really an obvious choice for me when we were going to Korea, and I said to him that I wanted to have K.J. as my assistant captain or my vice captain. I think he's also going to help me a lot over there with some of the difficulties that I may encounter, and he'll make me feel very much at home there, too. I'm looking forward to it a lot,” said Price.
Choi added: “As the 2015 Presidents Cup will be held in Korea, I'll do my very best to help our captain so that the International Team can have a win this time around. As this is the first time for me to become a vice captain for the Presidents Cup, I am feeling immense obligation and burden. Until now the Presidents Cup was held in an English-speaking world, and this is the first time that it's being held in a non-English-speaking world. With the Presidents Cup being held in
Korea, I am quite sure that there will be renewed ideas of what golf is.”
In the history of the Presidents Cup, the International Team has one win, one draw and eight losses.
The United States has named Jay Haas as captain while Fred Couples will be his assistant.
In the current International Team ranking, three-time Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee, who won last week at the Nordea Masters in Sweden, is ranked sixth on the team. The top-10 players earn automatic qualification while the captain will have two picks.
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