Meet the 12 players on the International 2022 Presidents Cup team

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It’s time for the 2022 Presidents Cup.

The competition will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina at Quail Hollow Club. The course is a regular stop on the PGA Tour, hosting the Wells Fargo Championship, as well as the 2017 PGA Championship.

Now, some of the best players from around the world, Europe excluded, will come together and look to win on American soil for the first time in the event’s history.

Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Masters champion, is the captain for the International squad, and he has four assistant captains: K.J. Choi, Geoff Ogilvy, Camilo Villegas and Mike Weir.

Here’s a look at the 12 players representing the International team in the 2022 Presidents Cup:

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Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Hometown: Delmas, South Africa
Age: 28
Presidents Cup appearances: First

Christiaan Bezuidenhout makes his Presidents Cup debut at Quail Hollow coming off his best year on the PGA Tour yet. Though he’s still winless in the United States, the South African made 20 cuts on Tour this season, half of those finishes coming in the top 25. Since the last Presidents Cup matches in 2019, Bezuidenhout has emerged as a future talent for the International side thanks to a pair of wins in 2020 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship and his home South African Open. He also earned a top-20 finish at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

2021 PGA Championship
2021 PGA Championship

Christiaan Bezuidenhout lines his putt on the fifteenth green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. (Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Corey Conners

Hometown: Listowel, Ontario, Canada
Age: 30
Presidents Cup appearances: First

After missing out on the 2019 Presidents Cup, Conners left no doubt about the matches in 2022. The Canadian will make his debut at Quail Hollow for the International side as an automatic qualifier, but he won’t let his title on the team define his role.

“I’m pretty quiet, I guess. I’ll be a rookie, but I’ll try and be one of the leaders on the team, lead more by example,” Conners said after the BMW Championship, “and hopefully play some good golf and let that take care of things.”

Conners hasn’t won since the 2019 Valero Texas Open but he’s a consistently strong player who can get it done in match play, as seen with his third-place finish at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in March and tie for fifth at the BMW Championship.

2022 Open Championship
2022 Open Championship

Corey Conners hits a tee shot during the 150th Open Championship. (Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

Cam Davis

Rocket Mortgage Classic
Rocket Mortgage Classic

Cam Davis picks up the trophy after winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic in five rounds of playoff at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Sunday, July 4, 2021. (Photo: Detroit Free Press)

Hometown: Sydney, Australia
Age: 27
Presidents Cup appearances: First

Davis came on in the second half of the 2021-22 season, making 10 straight cuts and finishing in the top 16 in six of those 10 events.

Now more than a year removed from his lone PGA Tour victory, the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Davis continues to grind along with a solid short game. He’s also no stranger to team golf — as a member of the Australian teams for the Nomura Cup in 2013 and the Eisenhower Trophy in 2016 he helped his teams to victory, taking top honors in the latter.

Sungjae Im

Hometown: Cheongju, South Korea
Age: 24
Presidents Cup appearances: 1 (2019)
Presidents Cup record: 3-1-1

Im produced at an impressive clip for a rookie at his Presidents Cup debut in 2019 at Royal Melbourne, earning 3 ½ points with just one loss and a Sunday singles 4-and-3 drubbing of Gary Woodland. He’ll be called upon to step up and play an even bigger role this go around for a depleted International squad that will be short on veteran experience and leadership.

Since his dominance down under, Im has won twice on the PGA Tour at the 2020 Honda Classic and 2021 Shriners Children’s Open and has been one of the most consistent players in the world. In 21 made cuts this season, Im finished inside the top 25 16 times, half of those inside the top 10. Im closed out the regular season with a pair of T-2s at the 3M Open and Wyndham Championship and advanced to the Tour Championship with a strong performance in the postseason.

2019 Presidents Cup
2019 Presidents Cup

Sungjae Im celebrates after chipping in on the first hole to go 1up during Thursday four-ball matches on day one of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on December 12, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Joohyung "Tom" Kim

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Age: 20
Presidents Cup appearances: First

It’s been a big year Kim, who goes by “Tom” because as a kid he loved the TV show Thomas the Tank Engine, which was based on the British children’s book.

“It’s just a stubborn me, like you’re supposed to let your parents name yourself and I was like, ‘Nope, I’m to name myself Thomas,’” Kim said in his Wyndham winner’s press conference. “I loved the show as a kid…apparently I really loved the train. I was like, you know what, I’m going to name myself Thomas. I haven’t told anyone this, but I’ve actually had a few more names that I could have named myself and I’m glad I didn’t, but I went with Thomas. And as years went on, people started calling me Tom, it was shorter, so I kind of went with Tom after that.”

The South Korean joined the Tour as a Special Temporary Member after the British Open and won the Wyndham Championship just three starts later to earn his membership and qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Kim played his way to his first Presidents Cup appearance thanks to three top 10 finishes this season with his Wyndham win, a third place showing at the Genesis Scottish Open and a seventh place finish at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

In preparation of the event, Kim hired veteran caddie Joe Skovron, who worked for Rickie Fowler he won his first PGA Tour title at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

2022 Wyndham Championship
2022 Wyndham Championship

Joohyung Kim holds his trophy after winning the Wyndham Championship golf tournament. (Photo: Nell Redmond/USA TODAY Sports)

Si Woo Kim

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Age: 27
Presidents Cup appearances: 1 (2017)
Presidents Cup record: 1-2-0

Kim earned one point alongside Anirban Lahiri in the 2017 matches at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, during their Saturday fourball match against Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman. It’s not a lot of experience, but on a rookie-laden team International Team captain Trevor Immelman will take all the history he can get.

Kim is a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, most recently at The American Express in January 2021, but his marquee win came at the 2017 Players Championship, where he beat Louis Oosthuizen and Ian Poulter by three shots. He struggled towards the end of this last PGA Tour season, but he still made 23 cuts with 11 top 25 finishes.

2017 Presidents Cup
2017 Presidents Cup

Si Woo Kim of South Korea and the International Team reacts on the 11th green during Sunday singles matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on October 1, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

K.H. Lee

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Age: 31
Presidents Cup appearances: First

An easy choice as a captain’s selection by Trevor Immelman, Lee finished ninth in the International Team standings, one spot outside of an automatic qualifying position. Lee will make his debut for the young International side at Quail Hollow on the heels of his best two seasons as a professional.

Lee won the 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson for his first win on the PGA Tour and picked up his second by defending his Byron Nelson title. He plays a lot and has five top-10 finishes over the last two seasons, with 16 inside the top 25. He might not blow you away with his game, but he can be a consistent straw that stirs the drink for the inexperienced Internationals.

2022 AT&T Byron Nelson
2022 AT&T Byron Nelson

Byron Nelson champion K.H. Lee holds the winners trophy following the final round of the golf tournament. (Photo: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports)

Hideki Matsuyama

Hometown: Ehime, Japan
Age: 30
Presidents Cup appearances: 4 (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Presidents Cup record: 6-7-4

A rare veteran on a youth-laden team going up against an American squad not short on confidence after their Ryder Cup rout of the Europeans last year. While Matsuyama will be one of the more experienced players on Immelman’s squad, and despite his stellar talent, the native of Japan has a rather modest record in the competition at 6-7-4 (2-1-1 in Sunday singles). Last time out at Royal Melbourne, Matsuyama went 2-1-1.

This season Matsuyama has missed just one cut at the Genesis Scottish Open and has six top 10s and a pair of wins at the Zozo Championship and Sony Open, both in the early portion of the season. Since his DQ at the Memorial in June for an equipment violation, Matsuyama has just one top 25 (fourth at the U.S. Open), a missed cut and a withdrawal. In other words, his form has been faltering at a time when the Internationals will need him to be sharp.

2017 Presidents Cup
2017 Presidents Cup

International Team golfer Hideki Matsuyama watches his tee shot on the first hole during the practice round of The Presidents Cup golf tournament at Liberty National Golf Course. (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Sebastian Munoz

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
Age: 29
Presidents Cup appearances: First

Munoz has steadily grown his stature on the PGA Tour since he earned his first win at the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship via a playoff with Sungjae Im. The next season, with scores of 60 at both the RSM Classic and Byron Nelson, Munoz became the first player in Tour history to record multiple scores of 60 or better in a single season.

On a young team looking for stars to shine, the Colombian can go low. He’s often in the mix on Tour, with 12 top-10 finishes over the last three seasons, 26 inside the top 25. He’s just the second Colombian to compete in the event, joining Camilo Villegas (2009).

2022 AT&T Byron Nelson
2022 AT&T Byron Nelson

Sebastian Munoz smiles on the 18th green after completing his 12-under round of 60 during the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. (Photo: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports)

Taylor Pendrith

Hometown: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Age: 31
Presidents Cup appearances: First

In his first full season on the PGA Tour after earning a promotion from the Korn Ferry Tour, the Canadian held the lead twice in 2021-22 which led to nine top-25 finishes, including a trio of top 10s at the Bermuda Championship (T-5), Rocket Mortgage Classic (T-2) and BMW Championship (T-8), his best finish in a FedEx Cup Playoffs event.

Pendrith was sidelined for four months with a rib injury this year, but when healthy he played well. Sure, he’s another rookie, but Pendrith makes for a natural choice for team unity given the Canadian presence on Trevor Immelman’s squad.

2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic
2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Taylor Pendrith tees off on the par 3 eleventh hole during the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament. (Photo: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

Mito Pereira

Hometown: Santiago, Chile
Age: 27
Presidents Cup appearances: First

The third rookie to qualify for this year’s matches, Pereira has been a name fans of the International side have been waiting for. The Chilean earned an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour from the Korn Ferry Tour after winning three events in the 2020-21 season and while he’s yet to win on Tour, he’s been close.

Pereira has finished inside the top 25 eight times this season, with three finishes inside the top 10 at the season-opening Fortinet Championship, the PGA Championship and Charles Schwab Challenge. Ranked 11th in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green, Pereira could make for a fun pairing with fellow Chilean Joaquin Niemann, who also hails from Santiago.

Pereira played one year of college golf at Texas Tech, where he reached No. 5 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking before turning professional.

2022 PGA Championship
2022 PGA Championship

Mito Pereira reacts to his putt on the seventh green during the second round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Adam Scott

Hometown: Adelaide, Australia
Age: 42
Presidents Cup appearances: 9 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Presidents Cup record: 16-22-6

By far the most experienced player on the team, Scott will break his own record with his 10th appearance for the International side. The Aussie has a 16-22-6 record, 5-4-0 in singles, and will need to come up big for Immelman as one of the few players who have succeeded in the event. With 19 points to his name, the 42-year-old is just two points behind Ernie Els, who holds the all-time International lead with 21 (Phil Mickelson holds the competition record with 32.5).

Scott had a productive season on Tour, and though he was winless for a second consecutive year, he finished inside the top 10 five times – including a T-9 at the Match Play –  and fought his way throughout the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

2019 Presidents Cup
2019 Presidents Cup

Adam Scott celebrates during Friday foursome matches at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek