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Mike Weir’s job in this year’s Presidents Cup now looks even more difficult.

The Canadian, who will take the reins of the international team at Royal Montreal Golf Club in September, has confirmed that he will have no LIV Golf stars at his disposal.

The team event against the United States is sanctioned by the PGA Tour, and despite having conversations with the circuit, Weir confirmed he has no choice.

““They are not going to be eligible,” he said.

“I guess the flip side is they knew that when they left … that they weren’t gonna be part of that.

“I think that’s one of the reasons some guys struggled with going because they loved it so much and they want to be part of it.

“Certainly, I want the best players internationally to be playing in this. Hopefully, we come to a point that they are.

“It’s just an unfortunate situation that we’re in right now. Maybe in Chicago in 2026 [at Medinah], they are. It’s a shame, but I like our team. Our team looks great right now.”

It also means the US team will be without Talor Gooch and Bryson DeChambeau, but whether the pair would have made the side is up for debate.

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Undoubtedly, though, Weir’s troops come off worse. The Masters champion already has his work cut out, as the international team bid to win a first Presidents Cup since 1998.

Trevor Immelman’s team lost 17.5-12.5 in 2022, with two current LIV golfers in the ranks. Sebastian Munoz and Mito Pereira competed at Quail Hollow.

But Joaquin Niemann and Cameron Smith would have been the first two names on the team sheet this year, with Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Abraham Ancer in contention.

Weir will still have a handful of big names leading his home charge, including Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day and Tom Kim.

The 53-year-old captain was part of the last event at Royal Melbourne, as he was a wild-card selection by captain Gary Player.

Despite defeating Tiger Woods in singles, the international team fell to a 19.5-14.5 defeat to Jack Nicklaus’ Americans.

After a teleconference from Bay Hill on Tuesday, Weir told Golf Digest about his hopes to make Team USA ‘uncomfortable’ on their travels again.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make it feel like a real away game for them, and that’s something that I don’t think they’ve ever seen,” he said. “It’s going to be different; I will say that.”

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John Turnbull A graduate of the University of Stirling, John joined the bunkered team in 2023 as a Content Producer, with a responsibility for covering all breaking news, tour news, grassroots content and much more besides. A keen golfer, he plays the majority of his golf at Falkirk Golf Club. Top of his 'bucket list' is a round of Pebble Beach... ideally in the company of Gareth Bale.

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