Simpson, Stricker final two assistant captains for U.S. Presidents Cup team
Captain Davis Love III has rounded out his staff for next month’s Presidents Cup.
Steve Stricker and Webb Simpson will be the final two assistant captains for the U.S. Squad at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. The pair joins Fred Couples and Zach Johnson, who Love tapped back in April.
“I am thrilled to join Davis, Fred, Zach and Webb at Quail Hollow this September, and look forward to helping the U.S. Team as much as possible in an effort to retain the Cup,” Stricker said in a release. “With the current standings, many of the players on my team at Whistling Straits will be competing in Charlotte, and I know we’re all excited to watch these rising stars continue to perform on a global stage.”
The 55-year-old Stricker has plenty of captaincy experience himself, having led victorious U.S. teams in the 2017 Presidents Cup and last September’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. As a player, he’s played in 5 Presidents Cups and sports a 14-10-0 record.
“Steve has been a great friend to so many players on the PGA Tour throughout the years, and I know that camaraderie he brings to both the golf course and the team room will be incredibly valuable in September,” Love said. “As we look at this youth movement on the U.S. Team, having Steve as a trusted ally in tense situations is something I know our players will lean on.”
Simpson is a member at Quail Hollow and will make his debut as an assistant captain. He played in three Presidents Cups, with his 5-3-2 record helping to lead to victory in 2011, 2013 and 2019.
“I’m excited to see the Presidents Cup contested on my home course in a great sports town like Charlotte, and I know the fans are going to show up with tremendous support for the U.S. Team,” Simpson said. “I’ve had the good fortune of playing for Davis in past international events and he will have this team prepared to play each day. It’s an honor to be named a captain’s assistant and I look forward to helping the guys with a bit of course knowledge and a fun, enjoyable team atmosphere.”
The 2012 U.S. Open winner told Golf Channel on Tuesday his age, just 36 years old, will make it easier to relate to the team as he’s still playing against them.
“Webb is a fiery competitor and a player who has served as an incredible role model to so many of the young guys on Tour,” Love said. “To add someone with his experience to the team room, who is also a peer and one of the top players in the game, will be a great addition to the week at Quail Hollow. I know he’s excited to help lead the U.S. Team on his home course.”
The Presidents Cup will be played September 20-25.