We’re inching closer to the 13th edition of the Presidents Cup, to be played this year at Royal Melbourne in Australia, Dec. 9-15.
The International squad will play for captain Ernie Els, who makes a veteran leader considering he is tied for most International team appearances (eight) and also leads the way in scoring with 21 points. Els carefully selected his team last month, adding Sungjae Im (South Korea), Joaquin Niemann (Chile), Adam Hadwin (Canada) and Jason Day (Australia) to his roster of eight automatic qualifiers.
He later had to replace Day with Byeong Hun An when Day had to bow out with a back injury.
The International roster is comprised of a mix of veterans of rookies, with nine countries represented. Three of the 12 team members are natives of Australia and seven are Presidents Cup rookies.
World ranking: 27
Worldwide victories: 5
Presidents Cup appearances: 3
Noteworthy: Leishman is unbeaten in singles in his three Presidents Cup appearance, with victories over Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar, and a halve with Kevin Chappell.