Canada’s Adam Hadwin named to Presidents Cup for second time

Ross Houston
November 7, 2019

Ernie Els filled out his worldwide team already loaded with newcomers by choosing two more Presidents Cup rookies with his captain's picks Wednesday night.

The four picks, which were announced Wednesday evening, round out what is the youngest worldwide team with six rookies, but Els didn't see that as a drawback following more than two decades of futility in the biennial matches for the global side.

The rest of the worldwide team features Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman, along with Presidents Cup rookies Abraham Ancer of Mexico, Li Haotong of China, Cameron Smith of Australia and C.T. Pan of Taiwan.

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

For Day, 31, it will be his fifth start in the Presidents Cup and his second at Royal Melbourne, where he also played in 2011 when the worldwide side lost to the US team.

Hadwin, 32, played in New Jersey two years ago when the worldwide team was soundly defeated, but is determined to make his second appearance more successful.

"It was really hard to tell them they were not on the team.

He's a world-class player and a player who can play under pressure", Els said.

"I wanted good driving (and) good ball striking, but putting is very important". "And that's what the players' mission is - to get enough points to get the cup back".

He made his debut two years ago when the global team lost 19-11 to the United States at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Four-time major victor Ernie Els.

"I don't think he's got any choice", Els said with a chuckle. The American won at Royal Melbourne in 2011.

"I'm really excited by the new blood that's come in and we have experience too". Day is playing the Presidents Cup for the fifth time, but first as a captain's pick.

The 32-year-old's game also received praise from fellow Canadian Mike Weir, who will serve as one of Els' Captain's Assistants.

"Even as a child, it has always been a dream of mine to make the Presidents Cup", Im said.

Chile's Joaquin Niemann was less clear, but he won recently on the PGA Tour at Military Tribute at the Greenbrier and Els has continually spoken highly of him. Branden Grace, Ben An, Corey Conners and some other guys who were really close.

Tiger Woods will announce his four captain's picks - potentially including himself - on Thursday.

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.

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