NEW YORK – Hideki Matsuyama, who finished in the top 10 in this year’s U.S. Open and British Open, has been picked for the international team for the Presidents Cup, organizers said Monday.
Matsuyama, 21, is the youngest player to automatically qualify for either team this year and will be making his first appearance. He turned pro in April and has won twice on the Japanese tour this year.
The Japanese money rankings leader finished no worse than 21st in six PGA Tour starts since turning pro.
Australia’s Adam Scott, who won his first major title at the Masters, led the international team’s qualifying and was followed by Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Matsuyama, Branden Grace, Graham DeLaet, Richard Sterne and Angel Cabrera.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson made the team for the United States.
Mickelson will be making his 10th Presidents Cup appearance. He has appeared in every Cup since its inception in 1994. Els and Woods will each be making their eighth appearance.
The top 10 players in the U.S. and international standings after the Deutsche Bank Championship automatically qualified for their respective Presidents Cup teams. The team, match-play competition will be played Oct. 1-6 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.