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Jordan lets Air out of Presidents Cup

NBA legend Michael Jordan has pulled out of his role as Captain's Assistant for the US team at the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne later this month.

He has been replaced by 11-time PGA Tour winner John Cook, who will serve alongside Jay Haas as an assistant to captain Fred Couples.

Cook will also play in the Australian Open at The Lakes in Sydney in the week prior to the Presidents Cup.

Jordan will be unable to attend because of his responsibilities as majority owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats and is involved in the four-month lockout.

In announcing Cook's appointment, Couples said: `John has been a friend of mine since we broke in together on the PGA TOUR in the early 1980s.

"Having achieved success at the highest levels in the golf world, I value his opinion greatly.'

Both John and Jay will provide tremendous support for myself and the United States Team in the upcoming matches at Royal Melbourne.

Cook said: "I'm thrilled Freddie has asked me. Jay has told me on several occasions that his 2009 Presidents Cup experience was one of his career highlights, and that meant a lot to me in making my decision.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of helping the team retain the Cup."

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