Tiger Woods to captain 2019 Presidents Cup team

Tiger Woods to captain 2019 Presidents Cup team

The development first was reported by the blog Morning Read.

The U.S. has dominated the biennial competition that pits the top American golfers against the world's best outside of Europe with a 10-1-1 record. Ernie Els will captain the worldwide team according to the reports. The buzz surrounding Woods, who returned to competition this winter after almost a year off for back surgery, has ramped up with his co-runner-up finish Sunday at the Valspar Championship (scores).

In the 2003 event in South Africa, Els and Woods were picked to face off in a sudden-death playoff. After three holes, most of it in near-darkness, the match was declared a tie, the only one in the event's history.

There has never been a playing captain in Presidents Cup history for the U.S. The last playing captain in Ryder Cup history was Arnold Palmer in the 1963 match at Atlanta Athletic Club. "We're going to see that [2003] tape 4 billion times".

The 2019 matches will be December 12-15 at Royal Melbourne, the latest the Presidents Cup has been played. The Americans have won seven in a row.

"The Presidents Cup is owned by the PGA Tour, but we have to be more in control", said Els.

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Els will take over the worldwide lead reins from Zimbabwean Nick Price. The Presidents Cup has been reduced to 30 matches over four days, and the format is not likely to change for the next one.

Els, a four-time major champion, will follow three stints by Nick Price as captain of the Internationals.

With Woods as the captain, has he given up any hope of making the team on his own merit?

It will be Woods first taste of United States of America team captaincy after being a 2016 Hazeltine Ryder Cup vice-captain and also a vice-captain under Stricker at last year's Presidents Cup.

The Presidents Cup has not had a playing captain since Hale Irwin went 2-1 for the Americans in a 20-12 US victory in 1994.

"I had a good shot at winning the tournament", Woods said in a post-round interview on CBS. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the captain selections have not been announced. "He likes to have a direction and loves to take off with that and be successful". Plus, he has a leadership mentality.

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