Jason Day has pledged to "rectify" his modest Presidents Cup record after receiving a vote of confidence from International Captain Ernie Els.
As expected, Day earned one of Els' four Captain's picks on Wednesday, with 2019 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Sungjae Im, fellow young gun Joaquin Niemann and Canadian Adam Hadwin also getting the nod to take on Tiger Woods' star-studded USA line-up at Royal Melbourne next month.
Day narrowly missed out on automatic selection, finishing ninth in the International Team standings following a rare winless season in America.
Unusually for a former World No.1, major champion and two-time world match play winner, the Presidents Cup is also the only format Day is yet to really nail.
The 31-year-old has managed just four wins from 15 matches at three previous Presidents Cup outings in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
He is one from three in singles and none from five in foursomes.
But Els is unfazed, the skipper backing Day's "class and leadership" to come to the fore as the Internationals field the youngest team in the 25-year history of the series, won by them for the first and only time in 1998.
"I'm so excited to have Jason on the team. I've spoken to Jason through the year quite a few times just to feel him out to see where he is with his feelings on playing a team format," Els said from Beijing.
"And he absolutely, every time I spoke to him, reiterated that he was 110 percent in. He wants to rectify a lot of things.
RIGHT: Els has selected Day, Im, Niemann and Hadwin with his four Captain’s picks. PHOTO: Michael Dodge/Getty Images.
"Personally, I said to him: 'This is not a one-man show, this is not about personal records. It's all about the team.'
"Although his record's not that great, it really doesn't matter. He's a class player, he's a player that can play under pressure and these are the players I want on the team.
"That's the bottom line and statistically Jason has performed under pressure for a long time."
The average age of the International Team is 29, with 21-year-old Im, and Niemann, who turns 21 on Thursday, Australian Open champion Abraham Ancer, Cameron Smith, Haotong Li and C.T. Pan giving the underdogs six rookies against a US line-up all ranked inside the world's top 22.
"With so many young players on the team this year, I think there'll be a lot of passion and energy and I think that positive energy can help the team," said Im, World No.34 who posted seven top-10 finishes on his maiden season on the PGA Tour.
The exciting Korean also finished third behind US Captain Woods at the recent Zozo Championship in Japan.
Woods will reveal his four Captain's picks on Friday and neither Day nor Els doubt the 15-time major winner and reigning Masters champion will select himself.
"I don't think he's got any choice," Els said.
- Darren Walton, Australian Associated Press