Stan Badz/PGA TOUR Japan’s Shigeki Maruyama is the first Asian named as a Captain’s Assistant for The Presidents Cup.
Nick Price, the International Captain for the 2013 Presidents Cup, announced his three Captain’s Assistants on Tuesday. One of his assistants is Japan’s Shigeki Maruyama, who becomes the first Asian assistant in the history of The Presidents Cup.
”Obviously with the dynamics of our team, I felt it really important to have someone from Asia involved in it,” Price said during a news conference in Dublin, Ohio, site of next year’s Presidents Cup.
Maruyama was a member of the International Presidents Cup Team in 1998 and 2000. He posted a 5-0-0 record in the 1998 matches, helping lead the International Team to its lone outright victory in The Presidents Cup.
Maruyama is one of four players in event history to go 5-0 (Mark O’Meara, 1996; Tiger Woods, 2009; Jim Furyk, 2011). His overall record in two appearances is 6-2-0. Maruyama has won three events on the PGA TOUR and 10 on the Japan Golf Tour, most recently the 2009 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup.
In the 2011 Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia, four of the 12 members of the International team were from Asia – Koreans K.J. Choi, K.T. Kim and Y.E. Yang, and Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa. Every International team except the 2005 squad has had at least one player from Asia.
Price said he intends to lean on Maruyama for advice with the pairings.
“He’ll help me, I know, with some of the decision making,” Price said. “There could be two Koreans, two Japanese — there could be four Asians on the team. I really felt he would have a better understanding of how to pair the guys.”
Plus, added Price, Maruyama will be an asset in the team room.
“He has a smile and a demeanor about him that is just second to none,” Price said. “He loves to joke. He loves to tell stories. He loves — he’s just got a passion for life.”
Price’s other two Captain’s assistants are from his native Zimbabwe – Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone.
U.S. Captain Fred Couples tabbed Jay Haas as one of his assistants, and will announce the other two at a later date.