South African golfer Erik van Rooyen says he’s extra prepared than he ever ought to he make subsequent yr’s Presidents Cup group.
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Final yr, Van Rooyen missed a chance to make the worldwide aspect captained by Ernie Els as they suffered a slender 16-14 defeat in opposition to Tiger Woods’ United States aspect in Melbourne.
Immelman, who was Els’ assistant captain on the 2019 Presidents Cup, was not too long ago introduced as group captain for the 2021 occasion set to be held on the Quail Hole Membership in Charlotte.
Talking at a tele-press convention shortly after his appointment, Immelman hinted and acknowledged Van Rooyen as a candidate for his aspect subsequent yr.
“I’ve a sneaky suspicion that we will have a number of South Africans on our group,” mentioned Immelman.
“Erik van Rooyen has been enjoying some lovely golf out right here on the PGA Tour…”
Van Rooyen informed Sport24 in a Zoom chat on Wednesday that though he was upset to not make Els’ group final yr, he’s greater than able to play on the 2021 version.
“It is one thing to look ahead to. I spoke to Ernie final yr and I am upset to not have made the group however I really feel like I am prepared extra now than I used to be a yr in the past to play,” mentioned Van Rooyen, who’s ranked 42nd on the official World Golf Rankings.
“I’ve exchanged a number of messages with Trevor and congratulating him on his captaincy, it’s an unbelievable honour,” mentioned Van Rooyen.
“I feel it is about time we put the Yanks again of their place.”
Of the 13 editions to this point, the USA have gained 11 (together with the final seven), whereas the Worldwide group has tasted victory simply as soon as – at Royal Melbourne in 1998. There was additionally one memorable tie in 2003 at The Hyperlinks at Fancourt.
The 2021 Presidents Cup might be staged from 30 September to three October.