9 Sep 2009

Captains name their picks for Presidents Cup

6:56 am on 9 September 2009

Fred Couples has opted for the expected while Greg Norman sprang two surprises when naming their captain's picks for next month's Presidents Cup golf event in San Francisco.

Couples chose U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan as his wildcard selections for the U.S. team and Norman went for Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa and Australian Adam Scott to round off his 12-man International line-up.

Glover and Mahan, wildcard picks by Jack Nicklaus two years ago, were widely expected to be included after finishing 11th and 13th in the final U.S. Cup standings.

Scott, who has struggled for form this season, earned his surprise call-up as a veteran of three Presidents Cups while 17-year-old Ishikawa gained Norman's nod after winning twice on the Japan Golf Tour in the last six weeks.