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Mike Weir named Presidents Cup international assistant captain for 3rd time

International team captain Trevor Immelman on Tuesday has named Canada’s Mike Weir, K.J. Choi, Geoff Ogilvy and Camilo Villegas as his four assistants for the Presidents Cup showdown against the United States at Quail Hollow in September.

Canadian served as assistant to Nick Price in 2017 and Ernie Els in 2019

Canada's Mike Weir will be a Presidents Cup international team assistant captain for the Sept. 22-25 event against the United States in North Carolina. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/File)

International team captain Trevor Immelman on Tuesday has named Canada's Mike Weir, K.J. Choi, Geoff Ogilvy and Camilo Villegas as his four assistants for the Presidents Cup showdown against the United States at Quail Hollow in September.

For Weir, Choi and Ogilvy, the Sept. 22-25 Presidents Cup in North Carolina will mark their third stint as assistants while Villegas will make his first appearance as an assistant.

Weir, from Brights Grove, Ont., served as assistant to Nick Price in 2017 and Ernie Els in 2019 and competed in five Presidents Cups where the former Masters champion went 13-9-2.

"When I think of highlights in my career that really stand out to me, the Presidents Cup always makes the top of the list," Weir said. "The camaraderie that continues to grow within this team is irreplaceable.

"We can all sense the momentum that is building, and it's been exciting to see Trevor's incredible dedication and focus on his role."

Eight-time PGA Tour winner Choi, who first served as a captain's assistant when the Presidents Cup made its debut in his homeland of South Korea in 2015, has competed in the event three times and owns a 6-8 overall record.

Villegas lone Colombian to play in event

Former U.S. Open champion Ogilvy was first selected as an assistant in 2017 after the Australian had appeared on three International teams and amassed a 7-6-1 record.

Villegas has made one Presidents Cup appearance, having competed in the 2009 event at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, and the four-time PGA Tour winner is the only Colombian player to compete in the biennial showdown.

"Bringing in Camilo as my fourth assistant captain feels like the absolute perfect way to round out my selections," Immelman said in a news release.

"For the International team, developing a well-rounded team is imperative. When I look at the representation among countries, languages and cultures, my ultimate goal is to blend them as cohesively as possible, and Camilo will help us do just that."

The Presidents Cup pits a 12-man team from the United States against international players from outside Europe. The United States has dominated the competition winning on 11 of the 13 occasions it has been held, including each of the last eight.

With files from The Canadian Press

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