Elder Unhappy Over Presidents Cup


ElderIn 1972, Lee Elder became the first colored player on the PGA Tour to compete in South Africa.
Now, the 65-year-old is upset that he is not going to serve captaincy at next years Presidents Cup in that same country.
Not only was Elder passed as the captain for the U.S. team, but he was also denied the assistant captain position. Jack Nicklaus will serve as captain.
I was the first African American to play in South Africa, and I thought that being captain of the Presidents Cup team would have been perfect, Elder told the New York Times.
I felt I should at least be vice captain, and I still feel that way, he went on to say. I want to be a part of the team. I made history in South Africa, and this is certainly going to be a historic moment.
Lee wrote a letter and asked to be the vice captain, Nicklaus explained. The players have asked for a contemporary to be the assistant captain.
Nicklaus is therefore planning on giving the assistant captain spot to one of his sons, Jackie or Gary.
This will be the second time Nicklaus is serving as captain for the U.S. team. He also was captain in 1998.
Gary Player will represent the International team.
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