The 2017 Presidents Cup is proving to be slightly different from those in recent years.
Today Team Captains Steve Stricker (USA) and Nick Price (International) announced that each would add a fourth assistant captain for their respective squads.
Stricker has tapped Jim Furyk for the honour while Price will look to Canada’s Mike Weir to fulfill the role at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Sept. 26-Oct. 1.
Furyk joins Tiger Woods, Davis Love II and Fred Couples as the American Assistant Captains while Weir will have Ernie Els, Tony Johnstone and Geoff Ogilvy by his side as Assistants for the International Squad.
This will be Weir’s initial time as an captain’s assistant, he competed on five Presidents Cup teams (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009). He has an all-time playing record of 13-9-2, with no win more memorable than his singles victory over Tiger Woods in 2007 at Royal Montreal.
The 8-time PGA TOUR winner shared his thoughts on his new Presidents Cup role.
“The Presidents Cup has been such a big part of my professional career, and some of my fondest memories are from the competition and, perhaps even more so, the team cabins,” said Weir. “I’m excited to be a part of the International Team again, especially alongside Ernie, Geoff and Tony, with an aim to help Captain Price and the International Team win back the Cup.”
“I am so pleased to welcome Mike Weir to the International Team’s leadership as a fourth captain’s assistant,” said Price. “Mike also has an incredible passion for the Presidents Cup – I know that firsthand from being a teammate of his on two occasions – and his experience and perspective will be invaluable as we prepare for Liberty National. Specifically, he’ll be a great help on course during the competition, monitoring matches, helping to motivate the guys and providing strategy and feedback to me and the rest of the captain’s assistants.”
Just prior to the Presidents Cup, Weir will make an appearance in Ottawa, Ontario where his Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive For Kids Tournament will be held at the Rideau View Golf Club on September 10/11.