Nicklaus Player Again to Captain

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Somewhere, Bill Murray must be spinning in a gopher hole as Groundhog Day has come to the golfing world.
 
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced that Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will be brought back to captain their respective teams for the 2005 Presidents Cup.
 
Nicklaus will again serve as the captain of the United States squad while Player will reprise his role as captain of the International team.
 
The matches will be held Sept. 19-25, 2005 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club on Lake Manassas in Prince William County, Va.
 
In what turned out to be somewhat of a controversial finish to the 2003 matches, in which darkness, a tie score and a desire that no one go home a loser, both teams conspired to create a situation that was not universally accepted.
 
With both squads knotted a 17 points a piece and a sudden-death playoff between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els deadlocked after three extra holes, captains Nicklaus and Player - after a brief, if not confusing powwow on the green - ultimately decided to declare the matches a tie with both sides sharing the Cup.
 
It was a show of sportsmanship, which is suppose to be at the core of the matches, that both captains still stand beside.
 
'I am absolutely flattered and excited that Gary and I have been asked to again be captains at The Presidents Cup in 2005,' said Nicklaus. 'What happened in South Africa was perhaps the most exciting golf event in which I have ever been involved. The Presidents Cup, at its foundation, is a goodwill event aimed at showcasing and growing the game of golf. Without question, after watching the level of performances and sportsmanship displayed by both teams, the game of golf was the winner in the 2003 Presidents Cup.
 
'Last year's matches make for a hard act to follow, but Gary and I are looking forward to the challenge. The 2005 matches should not only be fun, but again a rewarding experience.'
 
The Presidents Cup, which was first held in 1994, is a biennial event between players from the United States against players from around the world, excluding Europe.
 
The United States currently holds a 3-1-1 advantage over tie over the International side.
 
It is a gap that captain Player is looking forward forward to shrinking come 2005, but in no way over the goodwill of the game.
 
'Frankly, the experience last year in South Africa was one of the highlights of my 50-year career as a professional golfer and captaining my team an absolute privilege,' Player said. 'Now, to be invited to do this again by Commissioner Finchem is both an honor and a delight.
 
'The fact that Jack Nicklaus will act as opposing captain is like 'icing on the cake', as he and I saw eye-to-eye on everything last year. Jack and I have been friends and competitors for a long time and although we believe the tie was the best way to settle the 2003 Presidents Cup, I'm sure we both now will relish the chance of an outright victory at the next meeting in Washington D.C.'