Interesting to see Gary Player’s comments on Mike Weir and Stephen Ames and the resulting media coverage all noting the two Canadians wouldn’t be guaranteed spots on the Presidents Cup team just because they are from this country and the event is being held in Montreal.
Here’s what Player had to say:
Well, first of all, it’s my job as captain and you’re correct, he’s 21st. It’s my job as captain to put in the very best team. I can’t just put a Canadian in because we’re playing in Canada and the people would love to see it. It’s my duty as captain to put in the very best team.
Which, of course, is interesting considering he picked his hometown boy Trevor Immelman in 2005. Yes, Immelman would go on to become a star, but he was 21st ranked at the time (with no Majors, unlike Weir). He also ended up 1-3, and Player was criticized for the pick. Perhaps that is why Player is shying away from taking someone that low on the ranking because of Immelman’s performance.
Either way, if Weir gets his game in shape and moves up sufficiently, he’d seem like a good pick. Especially consider his 8-6 record.