Home favourite Day gets Presidents Cup nod to face Woods-led US

Woods and Reed were beaten in both sessions they played together in Paris

US captain Tiger Woods used one of his four wild-card selections on himself Thursday and will become the first playing captain in the Presidents Cup since Hale Irwin in the inaugural edition 25 years ago.

"To have Tiger as your captain, it's going to be special", Reed said to Sky Sports of Woods' decision, which saw him become the first Presidents Cup captain to use a wildcard on himself.

"And I find it interesting talking in the third person", he joked.

Woods, who claimed his 15th major title at the Masters in April and won his 82nd US PGA Tour title at the Zozo Championship in Japan two weeks ago, named himself among four captain's picks for the 12-man team on Thursday, along with US Open champion Gary Woodland, former Masters champion Patrick Reed and world number 14 Tony Finau.

"It's going to be hard, but also I have three awesome assistants with Fred (Couples), Strick (Steve Stricker) and Zach (Johnson), and that helps a lot".

"It was very hard for me, but I needed guys in solid form", said Els, speaking from Beijing.

Woods announced himself with his fourth and final pick.

"Yeah, on paper, we certainly have the advantage in the world rankings", said Woods.

The top eight American golfers who were already selected prior to Woods's selections were PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka of West Palm Beach, FL; Justin Thomas of Louisville, KY; Dustin Johnson of Columbia, SC; Patrick Cantlay of Long Beach, CA; Xander Schauffele of San Diego, CA; Webb Simpson of Raleigh, NC; Matt Kuchar of Winter Park, FL and Bryson DeChambeau of Modesto, CA.

While his improved play will certainly be a boost, Woods said it's Reed's energy in worldwide competitions that can really make a difference.

"All I can tell you is he's rehabbing and he's trying to get better, trying to get ready and let him focus on that".

He is one of just five players to have ever posted a flawless 5-0 record in a single event. It's going to be hard, but I have three wonderful assistants.

Woods did not say what kind of contingency plan he had if Koepka couldn't make it.

Reed made the team anyway, as he was one of Woods' captain's picks for the team - a designation he said has only motivated him more for the biennial event next month at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

Reed's score at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek was bettered by Englishman Ross Fisher, whose eight-under-par 64 put him in a tie for second with Danny Willett, Thomas Detry and Alex Noren. Woods will be the first playing captain since 1994, the first edition of the tournament. However, Woods is a 15-time major champion, while Fowler has zero majors next to his name.

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