Tim Clark on President's Cup standby?
Nick Price has confirmed to EWN Sport he will turn to Tim Clark if Louis Oosthuizen is not fit.
CAPE TOWN - President's Cup international captain Nick Price has confirmed to EWN Sport he will turn to Tim Clark if Louis Oosthuizen is not fit.
This week, Price picked fellow Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge and Australian Marc Leishman as his captain's picks ahead of Clark, who was just outside the top 10 internationals, who qualified automatically.
With questions around Oosthuizen's fitness, Price may need to call on Clark.
"In the event that something happens to him [Oosthuizen] and he can't play, I get to choose the next player and you know I'll have to confide within my team again as to who they feel I should pick, but again, Tim Clark would be the obvious choice for me."
Oosthuizen's fitness does not seem to be a factor at this stage and Price is confident he will be fit and ready for the President's Cup.
"I spoke to Louis on Tuesday morning and he said that his rehab was going really well. He's going to start hitting balls in the middle of next week so he'll have a week and a half to warm-up before the Dunhill Championship which is a week before the President's Cup."
Price says calling Clark to tell him he is not going to make the team was one of the toughest calls he has had to make.
"Marc and Brendon have played a lot better than Tim has and there was a concern among the team members about Tim's length off the tee. You know we've had a lot of rain here this summer in the US, so most of the golf courses are playing very long and we're not getting much run on the ball."
US captain Fred Couples picked Webb Simpson and exciting young star Jordan Speith.
The President's Cup will be played at Muirfield Village, Ohio from 3 October.
Captain: Fred Couples
Adam Scott (Australia)
Jason Day (Australia)
Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)
Ernie Els (South Africa)
Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa)
Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)
Branden Grace (South Africa)
Graham DeLaet (Canada)
Richard Sterne (South Africa)
Angel Cabrera (Argentina)
Brendon de Jonge (Zimbabwe)
Marc Leishman (Australia)
Captain: Nick Price (Zimbabwe)