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Nicklaus names Sluman assistant captain

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Sluman will again serve as assistant to U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus in the Presidents Cup, set for Sept. 27-30 at Royal Montreal.

Sluman, the longtime PGA Tour player who won the 1988 PGA Championship, played on the 1998 team and also assisted Nicklaus in 2003 and 2005.

``I've enjoyed working with Jeff and it only feels right to have him as part of the team again as we head to Montreal,'' Nicklaus said Wednesday.

The 49-year-old Sluman has six career PGA Tour victories.

``There's certainly a lot of other wonderful golfers on our tour who could handle this,'' said Sluman, in Markham, Ontario, for the Canadian Open. ``I was very, very honored again that the greatest player that I've ever seen - well, you could throw Tiger there, too - asked me to help him out for the third consecutive time.''

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