NO.5 – ABRAHAM ANCER

Age: 28

PGA Tour Wins: 0

Presidents Cup: 0 – making his first appearance

2018/19 Highlights: Four top-10s including a career best 2nd place at THE NORTHERN TRUST.

Notable: Won the Australian Open in 2018 and finished T2 at 2018 ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf with Roberto Diaz.

Abraham Ancer Quote: “That was one of my main, main goals for this year. That is something going to be an experience that I will never, never forget. I think the first Mexican that's going to play in the Presidents Cup; that's huge. I mean, I get a little bit of goosebumps right now just talking about it. Just for Mexican golf, I think it's big. Obviously for me, being selfish, it's awesome and it's going to be a lot of fun, but in the bigger picture for Mexican golf, it's awesome.”

Ernie Els Quote: “Winning the Aussie Open, he understands the Australian culture of golf. I know how much he wants it. A real steely player. I played with him at The Open a few weeks ago, he drove it well and he’s a really good, solid player all round and someone I’d love to have on the team.”

NO.6 – HAOTONG LI

Age: 23

PGA Tour Wins: 0

European Tour Wins: 2

Presidents Cup: 0 – making his first appearance

2018/19 Highlights: Three top-20s in the WGCs, including T9 at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play where he beat Brooks Koepka and Alex Noren in the preliminary round.

Notable: Holds two wins on the European Tour, including a win at the Dubai Desert Classic in 2018 where he defeated Rory McIlroy in a head-to-head duel in the final round.

Haotong Li Quote: “Ernie is a very special person to me personally. Definitely since 2017 The Open, I played with him and finished third. He gave me a lot of experience and I learned a lot great things from him. It’s my great honour to be part of the team. Hopefully I can get some points, especially against Tiger, against the best golfer in the world. I’m very excited to be there. To be fair, our team is not as strong as the US team. So just want to play our best and hopefully beat them.”

Ernie Els Quote: “Haotong is a strong player and he’s got a great game. I’ve played with him many times and at The Open two years ago where he nearly won with a 63 in the final round. He’s got all the qualities of a world-class player and maybe become No.1 in the world one day. He’s that kind of talent. I like his style of play and he’ll be great in the team environment. He’s quite a lively character and he’s quite outspoken in a confident way. He’ll carry his weight in the team room very well. Good putter, and on his day, he can go as low as anybody. I am really excited to have him on the team.”

NO.7 – C.T. PAN

Age: 27

PGA Tour Wins: 1

Presidents Cup: 0 – making his first appearance

2018/19 Highlights: Won at the RBC Heritage for his first PGA Tour win in April. Followed up with a T3 at Charles Schwab Challenge.

Notable: A former World No.1 amateur golfer. Finished T5 in the 2014 Asia Pacific Amateur Championship held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

C.T. Pan Quote: “It’s great to make the Presidents Cup team. I didn’t play well the last few days but to be able to lock down the spot means a lot to me. I’m going to make sure make sure my schedule for the next few months will get me ready for the Presidents Cup and help the team and Captain Els.”

Ernie Els Quote: “C.T. is a newcomer and we’ll do our homework to get him comfortable in the team environment and get him the right partner. Overall, he’s got a very sound game. He manages his game very well and he’s a good putter. As a rookie and a person from Chinese Taipei, it’s a big deal.”

NO.8 – CAMERON SMITH

Age: 25

PGA Tour Wins: 1

Presidents Cup: 0 – making his first appearance

2018/19 Highlights: Three top-10s including a best of 6th at WGC-Mexico Championship.

Notable: His lone win on PGA Tour came at the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans which he partnered Jonas Blixt. Winner of Australian PGA Championship in 2017-18. Finished T2 with Marc Leishman at 2018 ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup of Golf.

Ernie Els Quote: “Cameron is very solid. With Marc Leishman last year, they played good at the World Cup of Golf. He’s very familiar with the golf course and surroundings and I’m looking for him and the other Australians to have a good week. If they can, the fans will be really involved. Cameron is kind of the young star in Australia now and he can really make a difference for us. They will be one of the pairings which will come up automatically not only through the data that will show but through their World Cup performance which was phenomenal.”

FINAL INTERNATIONAL TEAM STANDINGS

Rank      Last Week           Player                                 Representing     Points                 
1             1                            Marc Leishman                 Australia              192

2             4                            Hideki Matsuyama           Japan                    187

3             2                            Louis Oosthuizen              South Africa       184

4             3                            Adam Scott                        Australia              180

5             5                            Abraham Ancer                Mexico                 160

6             6                            Haotong Li                         China                    128

7             8                            C.T. Pan                              Chinese Taipei   125

8             7                            Cameron Smith                 Australia              124

9             9                            Jason Day                           Australia              120

10           10                          Jazz Janewattananond    Thailand               113

11           12                          Sungjae Im                         South Korea       112

12           11                          Justin Harding                   South Africa       109