Immelman named Internationals captain for 2021 Presidents Cup

New York (AFP) –


South Africa's Trevor Immelman has been named captain for the Internationals team in the 2021 Presidents Cup, the US PGA Tour announced Tuesday.

The 2008 Masters champion, who took part in the 2005 and 2007 editions of the tournament, served as an assistant captain under compatriot Ernie Els in December, when player-captain Tiger Woods guided the United States to a 16-14 triumph at Melbourne, Australia.

"The Presidents Cup and the PGA Tour have been a massive part of my career," Immelman said. "So for me to now lead the International team is something that's going to be one of the highlights of my career and something I'm extremely excited about."

The Americans have won eight consecutive matches against the squad of non-European talent to seize an 11-1-1 edge in the all-time rivalry, set to be renewed next year at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Immelman, 40, will be the youngest captain of the Internationals in the event's history.

"I think it will add a slightly different dynamic being the youngest captain in Presidents Cup history, but that trend really started in Melbourne, with Tiger and Ernie, who were still competing in their own right," Immelman added.

"I imagine our team will eventually be comprised of a combination of guys I've played a lot with over the years and youngsters I've followed and studied due to my broadcasting career.

"One thing I know for sure is our team will come together as one unit, have a blast and give it our absolute best."

The US team captain has not yet been announced.