Presidents Cup: Jason Day picked as wildcard by captain Ernie Els

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2019

Els and the Internationals players welcomed the prospect of 15-times major champion Woods returning to Royal Melbourne, where he rolled in the winning putt in the 2011 tournament.

Global captain Ernie Els also selected Jason Day, making his fifth appearance, and Joaquin Niemann of Chile and Sungjae Im of South Korea.

Ernie Els made his captain's picks for the upcoming Presidents Cup today. and he's gone for youth. "That's why I went for these four guys who are very consistent and strong under pressure".

Jason Day, 32, despite recent form that saw him not finish in the top 20 for the past four months, was a slam-dunk pick given his stature as a major championship victor, former No. 1-ranked player in the world and being from Australia - where the matches will be played.

Niemann became the first Chilean to win on the PGA Tour in September, claiming a six-shot victory at the season-opening Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.

He then turned to Canada to add Adam Hadwin for his second Presidents Cup start, primarily based on some outstanding recent form. Branden Grace, Ben An, Corey Conners and some other guys who were really close.

"But I had to look at guys' long-term form, guys who have played well for a while".

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"I wanted good driving (and) good ball striking, but putting is very important. So putting is a critical attribute".

Four-time major victor Ernie Els.

The top eight global qualifiers who nailed down automatic spots were Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Abraham Ancer, Haotong Li, C.T. Pan and Cameron Smith.

The competition is December 12-15 at Royal Melbourne, where the worldwide side will be a huge underdog. The 32-year-old Canadian already has two top-five finishes this season, including a runner-up finish at the Safeway Open, and is now ranked No. 44 in the world. The former world No.1 rounds out the Australian contingent of the global team made up by Marc Leishman (No.1), Adam Scott (No.4) and newcomer Cameron Smith (No.8).

Global team captain Ernie Els has named Jason Day, Adam Hadwin, Sungjae Im and Joaquin Niemann as his four captain's picks for next month's Presidents Cup in Melbourne. The United States leads the series 10-1-1, with the tie coming in South Africa and Els and Woods tied a playoff match in darkness.

Hadwin hasn't won on Tour since 2017, but is trending up as of late.

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