March 23, 2018

Woods, Els to be named Presidents Cup captains

13 March 2018, 08:56 | Taylor George

Tiger Woods was an assistant captain at the 2017 Presidents Cup. Keyur Khamar PGA TOUR

Tiger Woods was an assistant captain at the 2017 Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods and Ernie Els will reportedly duel in the Presidents Cup again, this time as captains for the biennial clash between United States and the Internationals in 2019.

After the Americans' 19-11 blowout victory against the Internationals past year at Liberty National, the Tour made a decision to pull out the big guns to boost competitiveness in a series that the USA leads, 10-1-1.

The 2019 Presidents Cup will be the 13th match in the competition's history.

Woods has been named by Jim Furyk as a 2018 USA Ryder Cup vice-captain along with Stricker and Davis Love 111.

Whilst Els might be a logical choice to be the next global team captain, Woods' anticipated appointment comes as more of a surprise, not least because he will be only 43 by the time the match takes place in Melbourne next year.

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According to the AP report, Woods will lead the USA into battle against an worldwide side captained by Ernie Els.

Els was the logical choice to be the next worldwide captain, following three stints by Nick Price. It would give the underdog Internationals a better chance for their first victory since 1998. He has played in eight Presidents Cups, winning 24.5 points, second-most in US history. "We never have the depth in our team, so we always struggle eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, sort of". I don't mind if they sit me out for three days and I only play singles; I've got no problem with it.

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

They are expected to be introduced Tuesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational near Orlando, Florida. He was an assistant to Steve Stricker in the Presidents Cup last year and he already has agreed to be a vice-captain at this year's Ryder Cup in France for the second straight time. The rules then were for a player from each team to have his name placed in an envelope, and they would play sudden-death to decide the Presidents Cup. Plus, he has a leadership mentality.

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