Woods, Els named captains of Presidents Cup in Australia

From FOX Sports - March 13, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)Ernie Els was always the logical choice to be the International teams next captain in the Presidents Cup.

Tiger Woods at first thought it might be soon for him.

That changed a couple of months ago when Woods asked PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan about the U.S. captain for next years matches in Australia, and the usual suspects were mentioned. Monahan asked if anyone had been left out, and Woods added another name to the short list.


Woods and Els, who both played eight times in the Presidents Cup and were involved in a high-stakes playoff that ended in a tie, were introduced as captains on Tuesday. The 2019 matches will be Dec. 12-15 at Royal Melbourne, the latest the event has been held.

Woods was an assistant captain when the American won for the seventh straight time, 19-11, last year at Liberty National. In early discussions about the next one, Woods said he was more comfortable serving as an assistant.

But then after a little bit of thought I said, `You know what? That sounds like something I really want to do, Woods said. I called Jay up and said, `Might you be interested in me possibly being the captain in 2019? Silence. And he said, `Yeah, we might be able to work that out. So here I am.

Still to be determined is whether Woods plays.

Coming off his fourth back surgery, Woods took a big step in his comeback last week when he finished one shot behind at the Valspar Championship.

I would like to get to a point where I would have to make that decision, get to where Im playing well enough where I could make the team on points, Woods said. But I wouldnt want to have the conversation and go, `Self. And so lets just see how it progresses.


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