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Nicklaus/Player Presidents Cup captains again

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, two of golf's biggest names, have been appointed Presidents Cup captains for the second time running.

The 2005 match at the Robert Trent Jones Club in Virginia will allow the pair to settle unfinished business after Nicklaus's U.S. team tied with Player's Internationals last year in George, South Africa.

A playoff between American Tiger Woods and Ernie Els of South Africa to settle the match was abandoned because of fading light.

Nicklaus, who has also captained two Ryder Cup teams, said in a statement issued by the PGA Tour: "I am absolutely flattered and excited that Gary and I have been asked to again be captains.

"What happened in South Africa was perhaps the most exciting golf event in which I have ever been involved."

South African Player, who enjoyed one of the game's most intense rivalries with Nicklaus during the 1960s and early 70s, said the match had also been one of the highlights of his 50 years in the game.

"The fact that Jack Nicklaus will act as opposing captain is like icing on the cake as he and I saw eye-to-eye on everything last year," he said in a statement.

Nicklaus, 64, has won 73 PGA Tour events and a record 18 major championships.

Player, 68, is the most successful international golfer of all time with 163 tournament wins worldwide. He has won nine major titles.

The pair are two of only five players, Woods is another, to win each of golf's four major championships.

Robert Trent Jones Club is a par-72 that will play to 7,335 yards. It previously hosted the Presidents Cup in 1994, 1996 and in 2000.

The U.S. won three of the first five Presidents Cups, including a 21½-10½ victory in 2000, the last time the event was held at Robert Trent Jones Club in Lake Manassas, Virginia.

The International team were victorious in 1998 when the competition was held at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.

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