Haas won nine times during his PGA Tour career and has flourished on the Champions Tour, collecting 16 titles including three majors and the season-long Charles Schwab Cup in 2006 and 2008. He represented the U.S. as a player in both the 1994 and 2003 editions of the Presidents Cup, compiling a 5-3-1 individual record, and served as an assistant captain in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
“As you can imagine I’m pretty overwhelmed and excited and humbled by the appointment,” he said. “I never really dreamed of something like this.”
This will mark the second consecutive captaincy for Price, who won three majors and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003. The Zimbabwean led the International side last fall at Muirfield Village, when the Americans won by a margin of 18.5 to 15.5. Price went 8-11-4 during five Presidents Cup appearances as a player from 1994-2003.
“Last year was a learning experience for me,” he said, “and I just want to thank the players who were on the team last year. I must have done something right to be back here.”
Price will be 58 when the matches begin next fall, and will be tasked once more with turning the tide in what has become a lopsided matchup. The Americans' win last year in Columbus was their fifth in a row in the biennial event, and the U.S. holds an 8-1-1 advantage all-time. The lone victory for the International side came in 1998 at Royal Melbourne in Australia.
Finchem also announced that Fred Couples and K.J. Choi will serve as assistant captains in 2015. Couples captained the U.S. squad to victory in each of the last three Presidents Cups, while Choi became the first Korean to play full-time on the PGA Tour in 2000 and has added eight victories since, including the 2011 Players Championship.
“He may make history,” Price said of Choi. “He may be the first vice captain who is actually playing, which I hope he does.”