Tiger Woods to captain 2019 Presidents Cup team

Report Tiger Woods Ernie Els to be named 2019 Presidents Cup captains

The Associated Press is reporting that the former world No.1 - who yesterday came up one shot short in his bid to win a first PGA Tour title since 2013 - will be named the American skipper for the 2019 Presidents Cup match. The U.S. won the 2017 match 19-11, its seventh consecutive win. Woods had two birdies and one bogey on the day. 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).

Also the announcement of Woods as the 2022 USA Captain will be a huge boost to the Presidents Cup that has suffered for many years given the USA side has won 10 of 12 events since the inaugural tournament in 1994.

Els and Woods matched par on the first extra hole.

The 2019 Presidents Cup will be the 13th match in the competition's history. He is slated to be a vice captain at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, too.

Tiger Woods has already entertained the idea of player-assistant captain for this year's Ryder Cup.

Els was the logical choice to be the next worldwide captain, following three stints by Nick Price.

So, expect some type of format change to reduce the number of points from 30 and minimize the American depth, plus perhaps other tweaks for which Els has lobbied. The International team's only victory was in 1998 at Royal Melbourne. He has played in eight Presidents Cups, winning 24.5 points, second-most in USA history.

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

They spoke on condition of anonymity because the captain selections have not been announced, but it is expected to become official during this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Regardless of whether he would be playing or leading as a non-playing captain, Woods has "got a good feel of the team room", Furyk said. 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. "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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