Couples, Johnson named US Presidents Cup alternate captains | Golf News and Tour Information

USA captain Davis Love III has officially announced Fred Couples and Zach Johnson as alternate captains for the 2022 Presidents Cup.

The moves were both long announced and expected; Couples has been a three-time Presidents Cup captain and has been an assistant for the last three editions of the event, while Johnson was named captain of the 2023 USA Ryder Cup earlier this year. Love has the option of adding two more assistants to his staff.

Johnson made four Presidents Cup appearances as a player, compiling a 10-6-1 record. He previously served as assistant captain to Tiger Woods in the 2019 competition, which saw the Americans overcome a final day deficit to win the cup at Royal Melbourne. Johnson won the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open Championship and is a 12-time PGA Tour winner.

“Having played for Davis at past international events, I know how passionate he is about creating a great atmosphere for Team USA players to be successful, while ensuring that we are prepared. to compete every day,” Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to doing everything I can to help the team be successful in September.”

Like Johnson, Couples also appeared in the Presidents Cup four times, going 9-5-2 in the event. The Americans have won all seven games where Couples was captain or alternate captain. The couples won the 1992 Masters and were elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

“Freddie and I have been great friends for over two decades and have had great success in tag team competitions,” Love said, referring to the duo’s success at the World Cup of golf. “Adding someone with his experience as both captain and assistant captain to our 2022 squad will be a wonderful benefit to our players, not to mention the relaxed and soothing attitude he brings to what can be a tense frame.”

The international team, led by 2008 Masters winner Trevor Immelman, is expected to announce alternate captains next week.

The 2022 Presidents Cup begins Sept. 20 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. The Americans are the defending champions.

Michael C. Ford