STEVEN BOWDITCH says he’s “lost for words” after being chosen for the International team to contest the Presidents Cup in South Korea next month.
The 32 year old Queenslander has had a great year on the US PGA Tour and makes the Presidents Cup team for the first time.
“Yes!! Lost for words …Can’t wait to represent nick and international team… Thank you guys for all the support!” Bowditch tweeted after Internationals captain Nick Price announced his two captain’s picks.
Price’s other selection is Korea’s Sang Moon Bae, who will give the International team its only home-grown player.
Perhaps unlucky to miss out is Australia’s Matt Jones, who just needed to consolidate coming down the stretch in the FedEx Cup playoffs after holding the joint lead over the weekend. John Senden was another hopeful not to make the team.
Bowditch won the Byron Nelson Championship in the US earlier this year and at 22nd in the FedEx Cup rankings is a strong chance to make the 30 man Tour Championship in a couple of weeks. He has jumped to 55th in the world rankings.
He will join Aussie automatic selections Jason Day, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman in a team that also includes Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Branden Grace (SA), Anirban Lahiri (India), Charl Schwartzel (SA), Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) and Danny Lee (NZ).
American captain Jay Haas also announced his team extras, recalling veteran Phil Mickelson, as well as his son Bill Haas.
The US team automatic selections were Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar and Chris Kirk.
The Presidents Cup, which is played every two years, will take place in South Korea at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea from October 8 – 11.
The Internationals have only won the tournament once, at Royal Melbourne in 1998.
— bowdo (@bowdo83) September 8, 2015