Presidents Cup: International player capsules

Members of the 2013 International Presidents Cup team, clockwise from top left: Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day, Angel Cabrera, Branden Grace, Hideki Matsuyama, Richard Sterne, Graham DeLaet and Ernie Els.

Members of the 2013 International Presidents Cup team, clockwise from top left: Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Day, Angel Cabrera, Branden Grace, Hideki Matsuyama, Richard Sterne, Graham DeLaet and Ernie Els.

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Masters champion Adam Scott will head an International team that has a lot of inexperience.

Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, Richard Sterne, Hideki Matsuyama and Graham DeLaet will all be participating in their first Presidents Cup. Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel will be making just their second starts.

Scott, who has a 10-13-2 all-time record in the event, and Ernie Els, who is 17-16-2, are the only two player to have participated in four or more Presidents Cups.

Oosthuizen is expected to play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship later this month to test his ailing neck and back, which caused him to withdraw from the Open Championship. Should he not be ready to go, his spot would go to a third captain's pick.

Here is a closer look at the International squad for the 2013 Presidents Cup, which will take place Oct. 3-6 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio (Note: two captain's picks will be announced Wednesday):

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Adam Scott

Age: 33

Career record: 10-13-2

Years participated: 2003, ’05, ’07, ’09, ‘11

Season highlights: What a year it’s been for the Aussie. He won his first major championship in April at the Masters. He’s also notched five other top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, including a victory at The Barclays two weeks ago. At No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Scott will be the horse for the international side.

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Charl Schwartzel

Age: 29

Career record: 3-1-1

Years participated: 2011

Season highlights: Schwartzel has missed just two cuts in 17 starts on the PGA Tour this season, finishing inside the top 25 in 12 of them. He’s also made three starts on the European Tour, finishing T-4, second and first – the victory came at the Alfred Dunhill Championship last winter.

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Jason Day

Age: 25

Career record: 1-3-1

Years participated: 2011

Season highlights: Day hasn’t missed a cut this season on the PGA Tour. He also has 10 top 25s, six top 10s and three finishes of third or better. His major record is even more impressive: Day finished third at the Masters, T-2 at the U.S. Open, T-32 at the Open Championship and T-8 at the PGA Championship.

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Ernie Els

Age: 43

Career record: 17-16-2

Years participated: 1996, ’98, 2000, ’03, ’07, ’09, ‘11

Season highlights: Els’ victory last year at the Open Championship solidified his spot on this team. This season, Els has just one top 10 on the PGA Tour – a T-4 showing at the U.S. Open. But he’s done most of his damage across the pond, recording a victory at the BMW International Open to go along with a T-6 finish at the BMW PGA Championship.

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Louis Oosthuizen

Age: 30

Years participated: Making first appearance

Season highlights: Oosthuizen won the Volvo Golf Champions and finished fifth at the Ballantine’s Championship earlier this year on the European Tour. He hasn’t had much success in the U.S., though, notching just one top-10 finish. Oh, and he hasn’t played since withdrawing from the Open Championship due to a neck injury, an injury that was expected to sideline him for two months.

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Hideki Matsuyama

Age: 21

Years participated: Making first appearance

Season highlights: Matsuyama has finished inside the top 25 in six of seven starts this year on the PGA Tour, including three times in majors – he tied for 10th at the U.S. Open, tied for sixth at the Open Championship and finished T-19 at the PGA Championship. He’s also won twice this year on the Japan Golf Tour.

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Branden Grace

Age: 25

Years participated: Making first appearance

Season highlights: Grace has five top 10s on the European Tour, including a semifinals appearance in the Volvo World Match Play. His record on the PGA Tour isn’t nearly as impressive as he has just one top-25 finish, a T-18 showing at the Masters.

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Richard Sterne

Age: 32

Years participated: Making first appearance

Season highlights: His six top 10s playing mostly on the European Tour include a victory at the Joburg Open, as well as runner-up finishes at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Alstom French Open.

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Angel Cabrera

Age: 43

Career record: 4-6-3

Years participated: 2005, ’07, ‘09

Season highlights: The Duck has just one top 10 on the PGA Tour aside from his runner-up finish at the Masters. He did win an event on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and also tied for 11th at the Open Championship.

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Graham DeLaet

Age: 31

Years participated: Making first appearance

Season highlights: DeLaet has seven top 10s in 24 starts this season on the PGA Tour, including a T-2 finish at The Barclays and a T-3 showing at the Deutsche Bank. He also ranks first in total driving and third in greens in regulation percentage (70.5 percent) on Tour.

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Marc Leishman

Captain's Pick

Age: 29

Years participated: Making first appearance

Season highlights: Leishman is coming off a T-16 finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship, just his second top 20 since mid-May. Prior to that he had a stretch that included a T-4 finish at the Masters, a T-9 showing at the RBC Heritage, a T-8 finish at the Players and a T-12 performance at the Byron Nelson in consecutive weeks.

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Brendon de Jonge

Captain's Pick

Age: 33

Years participated: Making first appearance

Season highlights: Another first-timer with this pick, and he's enjoying a solid season, making 23 of 28 cuts and earning just over $1.5 million with four top-10 finishes. His T-6 finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open is his season's best.

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