2002 Presidents Cup Captains Chosen


The PGA Tour announced on Thursday that Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will serve as captains of the United States and International Teams, respectively, in the 2002 Presidents Cup.
The biennial event will be contested Nov. 7-10, 2002 on the Links Course at the Fancourt Hotel and Country Club in George, South Africa.
'I am very, very excited that we will be playing the Presidents Cup in South Africa,' said Player, who was born and still lives in Johannesburg. 'And to be on the opposing side of my great friend, Jack Nicklaus, whom I admire as a player, but more as a person, I am excited.'
Player and Nicklaus have a storied competitive history. Playing in the same era, Nicklaus, 61, won 70 PGA Tour events and 18 professional majors. Player, 65, won 163 career worldwide events and nine major championships.
This will be Player's first captaincy, while Jack will be captaining his second squad. Nicklaus was at the helm in 1998, when the International Team defeated the United States 20 to 11 in Melbourne, Australia. It's the only time in four contests that the International Team has won.
Last year, the U.S. defeated the Internationals 21 to 10 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Lake Manassas, Va.
Nicklaus was a bit of a surprise to earn his second selection as captain, even to the man himself.
'When Tim (Finchem, PGA Tour Commissioner) asked me a couple of days ago, I said, `Tim, you're kidding. Absolutely, I'd do it again. I'd love it.''
Said Finchem of the decision: 'Jack was selected as a captain because we felt he had been a good captain before. That was the first reason. Secondly, given that the International tours collaborated to select Gary Player, we also thought that the historical position of Nicklaus vs. Player would add another sort of stature to the storyline.'
Finchem also announced a slight alteration to the format. The event will still be played over four days, but on Thursday and Saturday an additional match will be added to the Foursomes and Four-ball matches, so that everyone will play each day.
The Presidents Cup was established in 1994 to give the best non-European players a chance to compete against the Americans, with 12 players comprising each side.
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