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Meet the International Team

Angel Cabrera

•Age: 44

•Birthplace: Cordoba, Argentina

•Residence: Cordoba, Argentina

•Official World Golf Ranking: 53

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 3 – 2005, ’07, ’09

•Presidents Cup record: 4-6-3

•Memorial Tournament history: He appeared in three consecutive events from 2010-12. He missed the cut in 2010 and 2012. In 2011, Cabrera tied with seven others for 22nd at 4-under 284. He did not play this year.

•Player overview: Known affectionately as “El Pato,” which is Spanish for “The Duck” because of the way he walks, Cabrera shows up to play in major championships. He won the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont and the 2009 Masters. Last April, he lost the Masters Tournament in a two-hole playoff to Adam Scott. Cabrera was also was in the final pairing of the 2011 Masters before faltering with a final-round 71 to finish seventh. He finished tied for fourth in the 1999 British Open and tied for 19th in the 2000 PGA Championship.

He is the only member of the International Team that speaks Spanish.

Jason Day

•Age: 25

•Birthplace: Beaudesert, Queensland, Australia

•Residences: Forest Lake, Queensland, Australia and Westerville, Ohio

•Official World Golf Ranking: 16

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 2011

•Presidents Cup record: 1-2-1

•Memorial Tournament history: He has five appearances with his best finish tied for 27th in 2009. This season, Day shot 3-over 291 to finish tied for 41st.

•Player overview: Day may only have one victory on the PGA Tour – the HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2010 – but the Australian native is knocking on the door of his first major championship.

In 2013, Day finished third at the Masters Tournament, tied for second at the U.S. Open and tied for eighth at the PGA Championship.

Day and fellow countryman Adam Scott are the only two players with three top-10 finishes in the season’s four majors.

In 2011, he tied Adam Scott for second at the Masters and placed second at the U.S. Open.

Day, who now lives in Westerville, Ohio, is a member of Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Brendon de Jonge

•Age: 33

•Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe

•Residence: Charlotte, N.C.

•Official World Golf Ranking: 62

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: Rookie

•Memorial Tournament history: Beginning in 2010, de Jonge made the cut in three consecutive seasons with his best finish coming in his first appearance in 2010. Trailing the leader by five strokes entering the final round, de Jonge shot a 75 to finish tied for 12th at 8-under 280. He missed the cut this year.

•Player overview: Captain Nick Price admitted his final pick came down between Tim Clark and de Jonge. Price preferred de Jonge’s length and experience at Muirfield Village. Perhaps more important than his length off the tee, de Jonge was first on the PGA Tour in total birdies (371) entering the BMW Championship on Sept. 12. This season in 28 events, he made the cut 23 times and finished in the top-10 four times.

Graham DeLaet

•Age: 31

•Birthplace: Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada

•Residence: Boise, Idaho

•Official World Golf Ranking: 32

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: Rookie

•Memorial Tournament history: In his first appearance in 2010, he missed the cut. After not playing in 2011 and 2012, he returned this year to much better results. DeLaet shot 1-under 287 and finished tied for 21st with seven others including past champions K.J. Choi and Jim Furyk.

•Player overview: At the first two events of the PGA Tour Playoffs, DeLaet finished second at The Barclays and third at the Deutsche Bank Championship to earn an automatic qualification to the International Team.

In his rookie year on Tour in 2010, he had a second, a third, seven top-10s and 12 top-25s in 24 events. A year later, he struggled because of a back injury and needed a major medical exemption to play on Tour in 2012. This season, he’s fully recovered and his second-place finish at The Barclays was the best of his career.

Entering the BMW Championships on Sept. 12, DeLaet was first on PGA Tour in total driving and third in greens in regulation.

Ernie Els

•Age: 43

•Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

•Residence: West Palm Beach, Fla.

•Official World Golf Ranking: 22

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 7 – 1996, ’98, 2000, ’03, ’07, ’09, ’11

•Presidents Cup record: 17-16-2

•Memorial Tournament history: This year marked his 20th appearance at Muirfield Village. In all, Els has seven top-10 finishes and won the event in 2004 with a pair of 66s in the third and fourth rounds. This year, Els finished tied for 37th after finishing at 2-over 290.

•Player overview: Nicknamed “The Big Easy” for his seemingly effortless swing, Els is a four-time major winner during his 24-year career.

His most recent major victory came at the 2012 British Open. Els trailed Adam Scott by six strokes entering the final round before posting a 68 to Scott’s 75.

He also has a 2002 British Open title and won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997. In all, Els has 19 victories on the PGA Tour and his 28 European Tour wins ranks him seventh all-time.

Next to Phil Mickelson’s 10 appearances for the U.S. Team, Els’ seven Presidents Cup appearances ties him with Tiger Woods for second-most in this year’s event.

Branden Grace

•Age: 25

•Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

•Residence: George, South Africa

•Official World Golf Ranking: 36

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: Rookie

•Memorial Tournament history: After finishing tied for 25th in his first appearance in 2012, he missed the cut this year. Grace has yet to break 70 in six competitive rounds at Muirfield Village.

•Player overview: A professional since only 2007, Grace had a breakout season in 2012, as he won four times on the European Tour. On Jan. 22, 2012, he bested major champions Ernie Else and Retief Goosen in a playoff to win the Volvo Golf Championship.

Grace has carried his 2012 success into this season. Although he has played only limited events on the PGA Tour, he made the cut in seven of his 12 appearances.

His best finish came at the Masters last April where he tied for 18th.

Marc Leishman

•Age: 29

•Birthplace: Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

•Residence: Virginia Beach, Va.

•Official World Golf Ranking: 61

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: Rookie

•Memorial Tournament history: This year was the best of his five appearances. Leishman shot a final-round 68 to finish tied with eight players for 41st at 3-over 291.

•Player overview: After attending the Presidents Cup in 1998 as a fan and watching the event closely on television in 2011 – both played in his native Australia – Leishman said it was his goal was to make the 2013 team. He got off to a good start this season by finishing tied for fourth at the Masters Tournament in April.

He continued with a tie for eighth at The Players Championship a month later and a tie for 12th at the PGA Championship in August.

After turning pro in 2005, Leishman earned the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award in 2009 thanks to three top-10 finishes including a runner-up to Tiger Woods at the BMW Championships. His only win on the PGA Tour came at the 2012 Travelers Championship.

Hideki Matsuyama

•Age: 21

•Birthplace: Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan

•Residence: Sendai, Japan

•Official World Golf Ranking: 30

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: Rookie

•Memorial Tournament history: He has never played in the event.

•Player overview: Although he is the youngest member of the International Team, he proved this year he simply doesn’t get intimidated.

Last August, Matsuyama was paired with Tiger Woods at the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron last August.

While Woods blazed toward the top of the leaderboard with a first-round 66 and a second-round 61, Matsuyama held his ground with a 72 and 68. Matsuyama finished tied for 21st at 1-over 281.

In all, he has appeared in seven PGA Tour-sanctioned events this year, finished in the top-25 six times including a tie for sixth at the British Open, a tie for 10th at the U.S. Open and a tie for 19th at the PGA Championship.

In August of 2012, Matsuyama was first in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and he turned professional the following April.

He expects to play full-time on the PGA Tour next season.

Louis Oosthuizen

•Age: 30

•Birthplace: Mossel Bay, South Africa

•Residence: Pinnacle Point, South Africa

•Official World Golf Ranking: 28

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: Rookie

•Memorial Tournament history: In his only appearance in 2012, Oosthuizen shot 75 and 80 to finish 11-over. He missed the cut by eight strokes.

•Player overview: Oosthuizen enters the Presidents Cup after an injury-plagued 2013 season.

Neck and back issues forced him to withdraw from three tournaments this season including the U.S. Open and British Open. He hasn’t played a competitive round on the PGA Tour since getting cut from the John Deere Classic in July.

Oosthuizen was expected to test his injuries by playing in the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship the week before the Presidents Cup.

Since turning pro in 2002, Oosthuizen has six wins on the European Tour and one major, the 2010 British Open. He lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson at the 2012 Masters.

Charl Schwartzel

•Age: 29

•Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

•Residence: Verceeniging, South Africa

•Official World Golf Ranking: 19

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 1 – 2011

•Presidents Cup record: 3-1-1

•Memorial Tournament history: He has not missed a cut in six appearances. Each time, Schwartzel has improved his finishing position. In 2009, he tied for 27th followed by a tie for 22nd in 2011 and a tie for 19th in 2012. This year, he was the first-round leader after carding a 7-under 65 but faltered in the third round with a 76 to finish tied for eighth with four other players at 4-under 284.

•Player overview: Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters Tournament with birdies on the final four holes to finish two strokes ahead of Australians Jason Day and Adam Scott. Schwartzel has since proved that victory was no fluke.

In 2012, Schwartzel played in 16 PGA Tour events with two top-10s and seven top-25s.

This year, Schwartzel played in 17 events on the PGA Tour entering the BMW Championships on Sept. 12. He ranked second with an average of 4.07 birdies per round. He made the cut 15 times with a pair of third-place finishes and 12 top-25s.

He also has eight career victories on the European Tour.

Adam Scott

•Age: 33

•Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

•Residence: Crans sur Sierre, Switzerland

•Official World Golf Ranking: 2

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: 5 – 2003, ’05, ’07, ’09, ’11

•Presidents Cup record: 9-13-2

•Memorial Tournament history: In eight appearances, Scott has finished in the top-10 twice. He tied for fourth in 2006 and tied for fifth the following year. This year, Scott tied James Driscoll and Ryan Moore for 13th at 3-under-par 285.

•Player overview: Last April, Scott bested Angel Cabrera in a two-hole playoff to become the first Australian to win the Masters Tournament.

Until last April, the Masters had been the only of the four majors not won by an Australian.

Five Australians, including Scott in 2011, have finished runner-up at Augusta National Golf Club.

Making the victory even sweeter, Scott lost the 2012 British Open to Ernie Els after relinquishing a six-stroke lead in the final round.

Scott made the cut in all 14 events this season entering the BMW Championships on Sept. 12. He had two wins, two third-place finishes, six top-10s and nine top-25s.

Scott and fellow countryman Jason Day are the only two players with three top-10 finishes in the season’s four majors.

In all, Scott has 10 victories on the PGA Tour and nine on the European Tour.

Richard Sterne

•Age: 32

•Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

•Residence: Stellenbosch, South Africa

•Official World Golf Ranking: 38

•Previous Presidents Cup appearances: Rookie

•Memorial Tournament history: In his only appearance in 2009, he finished tied for 36th with Ted Purdy, Jose Maria Olazabal, Jeff Overton and Troy Matteson at 2-over 290.

•Player overview: Sterne is a six-time winner on the European Tour and a six-time winner on the South African-based Sunshine Tour.

His last win came last February at the Joburg Open in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sterne, who only plays only part time on the PGA Tour, appeared in six PGA Tour events and finished in the top-25 five times.

His best effort came at the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron in August where he finished tied for ninth. He finished tied for 25th at the Masters in April.

— Compiled by Don Delco

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