Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Michael Jordan’s responsibilities as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats and work to resolve the current NBA lockout will keep him from being an assistant captain on the US Presidents Cup golf team.
“After careful consideration, it is with regret that I have decided to cancel my trip to Australia later this month for The Presidents Cup,” Jordan said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. “With the NBA labor situation unsettled, as the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, I feel it is necessary that I remain in the country. It was an honor to have been chosen by Fred Couples to serve as a captain’s assistant. I wish Fred and the United States team the best of luck.”
“While the team will miss his friendship, spirit and leadership, we certainly understand the complexity of his current team obligations,” Couples said.
The NBA is in the midst of a lockout that has cost the league the first month of a season that was scheduled to begin on Tuesday.
Jordan has served in the role of honorary captain for Couples at the Presidents Cup played in San Francisco in 2009 and won by the United States over an international team led by Australia’s Greg Norman. The competition is similar to the Ryder Cup, with a squad of international players from outside of Europe taking on the Americans.
When Couples was re-named to the post for this year, he again asked Jay Haas and Jordan to join him as assistants. Couples has chosen Champions Tour player John Cook, an 11-time PGA Tour winner, to replace the NBA Hall of Famer.
Cook will join Couples, Tiger Woods, Norman and several others participating in the Presidents Cup at next week’s Australian Open in Sydney. The Presidents Cup is Nov. 17-20.
Information from ESPN.com & The Associated Press were used in this report.