Golf: Els names rookies Im, Niemann in Presidents Cup captain’s picks

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MELBOURNE (Information) – The Internationals will area six debutants at subsequent month’s Presidents Cup, with Ernie Els naming rookies Im Sung-jae and Joaquin Niemann amongst his captain’s picks to tackle Tiger Woods’s United States at Royal Melbourne.

FILE PHOTO: Golf – The 148th Open Championship – Royal Portrush Golf Membership, Portrush, Northern Eire – July 19, 2019 South Korea’s Im Sung-jae on the 11th gap throughout the second spherical Information/Paul Childs/File Photograph

South Korean Im, the PGA Tour’s rookie of the yr, and Niemann, the primary Chilean to play within the biennial occasion, be a part of already certified debutants Abraham Ancer, C.T. Pan, Li Haotong and Cameron Smith.

Els rounded out his 4 captain’s picks on Thursday with seasoned Australian former world primary Jason Day and Canada’s Adam Hadwin, each members of the Internationals group trounced 19-11 at Liberty Nationwide in 2017.

With the Internationals boasting solely two gamers on the planet prime 20, Els’s younger outfit face an enormous process to win the trophy for the primary time since 1998 in opposition to a strong U.S. group captained by Woods.

Nonetheless, Els mentioned he was assured his debutants could be prepared for the problem on the Dec. 12-15 occasion, which pits an Worldwide group representing the remainder of the world minus Europe in opposition to the Individuals.

“We’ve obtained rather a lot to do however I’m pondering guys who make the group can play,” the South African informed reporters on a convention name.

“I’m not right here to cover anyone, I’m right here to attempt to win sufficient factors to get the group over the road.

“Whether or not that’s taking part in rookies collectively, so be it … In lots of situations, this Cup will likely be an ice-breaker on a whole lot of fronts.”

Im, 21, has but to win a match on the PGA Tour however had a constant season that includes seven top-10s and he completed equal 19th within the 2019 FedExCup standings.

Niemann grew to become the primary Chilean to win on the PGA Tour in September, claiming a six-shot victory on the season-opening Greenbrier Traditional in West Virginia.

World quantity 44 Hadwin made his Presidents Cup debut in 2017 the place he completed with two defeats and halved one among his matches.

Day will play his fifth Presidents Cup and hope to enhance on a shedding document of 5 wins, 11 defeats and 4 halved matches over his profession.

Woods will announce his 4 captain’s picks for the US on Friday (0000 GMT).

He’s anticipated to make use of one of many picks on himself and change into the primary taking part in captain on the match since Hale Irwin led the US to a 20-12 win within the inaugural occasion in Virginia in 1994.

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Els and the Internationals gamers welcomed the prospect of 15-times main champion Woods returning to Royal Melbourne, the place he rolled within the profitable putt within the 2011 match.

“If I had an opportunity to play him I believe it’s going to offer me extra pleasure to win the match, extra power,” mentioned Niemann.

“I believe it’s going to assist me extra to focus and attempt to beat him.”

Enhancing by Peter Rutherford