INTERNATIONAL Presidents’ Cup captain Nick Price has named Japan’s Shigeki Maruyama and the Zimbabwean born duo of Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone as his assistants for next year’s event.Report by Daniel Nhakaniso
The Presidents’ Cup, which pits a 12-man golf team from the United States against a line-up of international players from outside Europe, will be played at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, during the first week of October 2013.
McNulty was one of Price’s teammates on the 1994 and 1996 International Presidents’ Cup squads while Johnstone spent much of his career on the European Tour and represented Zimbabwe at the World Cup and Dunhill Cup competitions.
“Choosing my three captain’s assistants was really very easy for me,” said Price.
“I grew up playing golf back home with Tony Johnstone and Mark McNulty. The three of us have enjoyed a friendship and rivalry that has lasted more than 40 years and having played on many teams together during that time, they were an obvious choice for me.”
“They bring an incredible amount of match-play experience and knowledge to this team and I know they are as excited as I am to be a part of The Presidents’ Cup again.”
Bindura-born McNulty, who took up Irish citizenship in 2003, was one of the leading players on the European Tour from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, winning 16 events. He won 33 times on the Sunshine Tour, topping the Order of Merit nine times.
He currently competes on the Champions Tour, where he has won eight tournaments.