October 05, 2015 10:44
Dozens of the world's best golfers arrived at Incheon International Airport on Sunday. This unprecedented influx of golf stars included world No. 1 Jordan Spieth and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, this year's British Open champion Zach Johnson of U.S, and rising Japanese golf star Hideki Matsuyama.
They will be playing in the Presidents Cup, which kicks off at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon on Thursday and lasts until Sunday. This is the first time that the Presidents Cup is taking place in Asia. Golfers will be practicing until the opening ceremony on Wednesday.
Spieth, who won this year's Masters and the U.S. Open, lifted the trophy of the playoff final Tour Championship and was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year last week just before flying to Korea. Fellow American Dustin Johnson, who is said to possess the ability to hit longest drive on the Tour, also arrived in Korea from Los Angeles. Australian Adam Scott, last year’s world No. 1, arrived late in the evening on his private jet.
The Presidents Cup brings not only the players but their families together too. Golfers traditionally attend the opening ceremony with their wife, girlfriend or mother. Spieth came with his high school sweetheart Annie Verret. Watson, who is 191cm tall, came with his former basketball player wife Angie who is even taller than him. Phil Mickelson of the U.S. arrived with his wife Amy on Sunday morning and kissed her in front of cameras.
Jim Furyk, who announced on Saturday that he will not be able to compete due to a wrist injury, arrived in Korea as scheduled as a fourth captain's assistant. J.B. Holmes will replace Furyk as a member of the U.S. Presidents Cup Team, making his Presidents Cup debut.
World No. 2 Jason Day of Australia and popular American golf star Rickie Fowler are to arrive Monday.
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