Queenslander Steven Bowditch will cap off the best season of his career with a place in next month’s Presidents Cup in Korea.
Bowditch got the call-up as one of Nick Price’s two captain’s picks, with fellow Aussie Matt Jones considered extremely unlucky to miss out after Price favoured local hot shot Sangmoon Bae with his second pick.
For Bowditch, the show of faith by Price was a huge relief and a true indication of how far he has come following a year that saw him win the Bryron Nelson Championship and chalk up nine top 25 finishes to bank more than $3 million is prizemoney.
“It’s been a very anxious 24 hours. I feel very humbled and honoured,” Bowditch told the Courier Mail on a teleconference hook-up to the US.
“It’s been a dream for a long while and it’s so exciting to be on a team led by Jason Day’s accomplishments.
“I always wondered what the feeling would be like in the (NFL) draft. Now I know and it’s an unsettling feeling until you get the phone call.”
Bowditch joins fellow Aussies Jason Day, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman in The Internationals squad.
The big selection news came from the Americans, with captain Jay Haas opting for his own son, Bill Haas, and the out-of-sorts Phil Mickelson to cap off an otherwise powerful and in-form US line-up.
Haas finished 11th in the Presidents Cup standings – which wrapped up with the Deutsche Bank Championship – just outside the top 10, who automatically qualify for the squad. While Jay will no doubt cop some criticism for his family selection, it’s not like Bill’s No.20 or even No.12. He’s No.11. He’s next up. And that means a lot.
Consider that in 10 previous Presidents Cups, the 11th-ranked player has made the team nine times. And that 90 per cent of players in Haas’ position have been tapped on the shoulder to play for Team USA.
Mickelson, meanwhile, hasn’t won in two years, and hasn’t had a top 10 since June. But he has been part of every US team in the Ryder and Presidents Cup since 1994, always qualifying on points until this year. This Presidents Cup will be Mickelson’s 11th, which is more experience than players 11 through 29 on the points list combined.
“If anyone deserves a pick,” Jay Haas said, “it’s Phil.”
The Presidents Cup will tee off at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, Songdo IBD, Incheon City, Korea from October 8-11.
– with Alex Myers