Jim Furyk is already set as United States captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a suburb southwest of Paris. On Tuesday, he added the duties of Presidents Cup assistant caption to his agenda.
United States Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker had already named Davis Love III, Tiger Woods and Fred Couples as his assistants last year. This will be the 23rd year of the Presidents Cup and the first time the teams are allowed four assistant captains.
Stricker made the announcement alongside Furyk at a press conference prior to the Valpsar Championship.
“Steve and I have been friends for a long time and played on many teams together,” Furyk said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be in quite a few of the Ryder Cup and President’s Cup teams and you never really want to miss out on that opportunity. I’d love to play my way on to those teams, but if that doesn’t happen, I would have a hollow spot not to be able to be there with my friends and be able to help the U.S. team as much as I could.”
Stricker addressed the relationship between the U.S. Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup’s teams and the addition of the fourth assistant captain.
“It’s continuity,” Stricker said. “That’s what we are striving for, to provide an environment where the players are relaxed and know what to expect from one team event to the next. That was my goal, to keep that uniform going into this year. I know Nick wanted another assistant captain too … it allows the players to ask more questions because there is more guys there to help get the answer and to help out. Tiger showed that he was really a part of it last year and I think that was big for our team. It’s familiar ground and we have a lot of the same players.”
International captain Nick Price announced that Mike Weir would join his group of assistant captains that already included Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy and Tony Johnstone.
“It’s a great honor,” Weir said. “I was very excited to get the call from Nick to be a part of this, I’ve been part of five teams as a player and I’ve always looked forward to being on this side of it.”
The Presidents Cup will take place Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.