“Congrats to bill haas/(at)tigerwoods. They deserve the picks. Although I’m very disappointed, I’ve very happy to have been considered. GO USA,” Bradley said on Twitter.
Bradley becomes the first American to win a major and be left off a team in the same year since British Open champion Todd Hamilton was not chosen for the 2004 Ryder Cup team.
For the Presidents Cup, Ben Curtis (British Open) and Shaun Micheel (PGA) were left off the 2003 team. That was their only win that year. Bradley, a 25-year-old rookie, also won the Byron Nelson Championship.
Couples said he spoke to Bradley for 45 minutes on the phone to explain his decision.
“I’m not one to say, ‘Hey, you’re going to be on plenty of team.’ I wouldn’t want to hear that,” Couples said. “I know he’s a young player. I laid it out on the line and told him for really three or four weeks now where everyone stood.
“I just felt like in this instance, Bill Haas has played two years, never been outside the top 12 position.”
Haas has won three times over the past two years.
The rest of the American team that qualified two weeks ago were Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Nick Watney, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson and David Toms.
It will be the first team competition for Haas, Watney and Simpson.
Allenby and Baddeley give the International team _ comprised of players from everywhere but the United States and Europe _ five Australians for the matches at Royal Melbourne. It’s the fifth time since the Presidents Cup began that the International side has had five Aussies.
Allenby missed the ‘98 matches at Royal Melbourne because he was just recovering from a near-fatal car accident and did not qualify.
It will be his sixth team, and by far the most important.
“Going down to Melbourne and playing at Royal Melbourne is probably one of the biggest highlights of my career,” Allenby said.
Baddeley was a more difficult choice, especially after John Senden of Australia was runner-up in the final qualifying event outside Chicago two weeks ago. Baddeley finished one shot out of the playoff at the Tour Championship, while Senden finished 25th.