Bill Haas Gets U.S. Presidents Cup Pick, Norman Chooses Allenby, Baddeley
Bill Haas was selected by U.S. captain Fred Couples for golf’s Presidents Cup after winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup. Australians Robert Allenby and Aaron Baddeley were added to the international team.
Couples said last month that one of his two selections would be Tiger Woods, a 14-time major tournament champion who has slipped to 50th in the Official World Golf Ranking during a 22-month winless streak.
Haas beat Hunter Mahan in a three-hole playoff on Sept. 25 at the Tour Championship to also claim the U.S. PGA Tour’s season-long FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus. Haas’s father, Jay, is an assistant coach for the U.S. team.
Allenby and Baddeley were selected by Greg Norman, captain of the international squad, which features golfers from outside the U.S. and Europe.
While Woods will make his seventh straight Presidents Cup appearance, Haas will be the sixth player on the roster to make his debut in the competition. Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Nick Watney are also newcomers to the biennial event.
Mahan, Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson, David Toms and Jim Furyk complete the 12-man American team.
Allenby and Baddeley join fellow Australians Jason Day, Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy on the international team. Also on the roster are South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, Retief Goosen and Ernie Els, South Koreans K.J. Choi, Kyung-tae Kim and Y.E. Yang, and Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa.
The Presidents Cup is scheduled for Nov. 17-20 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Victoria, Australia. The U.S. holds a 6- 1-1 lead in the event, which debuted in 1994.
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