PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were appointed Thursday as captains of the 2002 Presidents Cup, scheduled for South Africa amid questions of whether top American players will compete.

Player, winner of nine major championships and 163 titles worldwide, will be in charge of an International team that is coming off a 21 1/2-10 1/2 loss to the Americans at the Robert Trent Jones Club in October.

The matches will be played at the Links Golf Course at Fancourt, which Player designed.

The only other time the Presidents Cup was played outside the United States was in 1998 at Royal Melbourne in Australia, where a Nicklaus-led American team lost to the International squad, 20 1/2-11 1/2.

Tiger Woods, Davis Love III and other top Americans said at the conclusion of the last Presidents Cup in October that they were not sure if they wanted to go to South Africa. Some cited travel, others having to play a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup every year.

Nicklaus said he had never heard that Woods was thinking of not going, and said he expects everyone who qualifies for the team to make the trip.