Tiger would like to be Prez Cup playing captain

From ESPN - March 13, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. -- When it came time to discuss possible captains for the 2019 U.S. Presidents Cup team, several members of the recent inner-circle of captains and assistants began tossing around names.

Tiger Woods, who has been assistant captain at the 2016 Ryder Cup and 2017 Presidents Cup, chimed in: "What about me?''

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who did not expect Woods to be interested in the duties so soon, said: "I think we can work that out.''

And so, Woods being named captain came to be officially announced Tuesday at the Bay Hill Club, where South Africa's Ernie Els was named captain for the International side.

The Presidents Cup, which began in 1994, was a way to include players from outside of Europe in a Ryder Cup-style event, will be played for the third time at Royal Melbourne in Australia -- the site of the only International victory, in 1998, when Woods played the competition for the first time.

The U.S. has dominated the matches, posting a 10-1-1 record.

The lone tie occurred in 2003 in South Africa, with Woods and Els going head to head in a playoff after the overall match was tied. After three drama-filled holes with several big putts made by both players, darkness halted the competition and overall match was declared a tie.

"We could not believe the amount of pressure we felt and we both had won major championships,'' Woods said. "But nothing felt like that.''

Both players competed in the competition eight times and both were assistant captains in September when the Presidents Cup was played at Liberty National outside of New York City.

Woods said that when he inquired with Monahan about taking on the role, he did ask if he would be allowed to be a playing captain.

"Hale [Irwin] did it in the first year, the inaugural event,'' Woods said of the first Presidents Cup in 1994. "So I just wondered if that was an opportunity and he said that there's nothing in the bylaws that says I ca not do it.

"It's going to be depending on myself, my assistants and the players, if I happen to get to that point. That's a bridge that's a long way away from now to be crossing, but if it does come to that point, it wo not just be my decision, it will be a collaborative effort, what is best for the team.''


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