Tiger Woods picks himself to play at Presidents Cup

Watch Tiger Woods make his Presidents Cup captain's picks	
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He is expected to use one of the picks on himself and become the first playing captain at the tournament since Hale Irwin led the United States to a 20-12 win in the inaugural event in Virginia in 1994.

Finau and Woodland, ranked No.14 and No.16 in the world respectively, were natural selections for their Presidents Cup debuts, Woods said, not only for their stellar seasons, but also because everyone on the team "wants them in the locker room".

Woods actually may have had himself in mind as the No. 1 choice, but Finau was the first player announced as a captain's pick for the American team, followed by Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland and Woods.

The Presidents Cup, a match play event modelled on the Ryder Cup that pits a non-European International team against the Americans, will be held December 12-15 at Royal Melbourne.

That one-sided record, as well as the relative strength of the United States team, means all the pressure will be on the visitors next month, with the expectation that the Woods' team will win easily. He has won three times since then, including his 15th major when he won the Masters in April.

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

Tiger Woods isn't just the captain, he's also a teammate.

"I'm really excited by the new blood that's come in and we have experience too".

"We've got to go earn points to win the Cup".

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

"It's going to be hard (to be playing captain), but I have wonderful assistants - three great minds to help me out when I'm playing", he said. Woods said it was that trip - not just the victory, but the travel - that convinced him he was fully healed from minor knee surgery in August and capable of contributing in Australia.

That tournament ended with a record-equalling 82 PGA Tour victory for Woods, as well as confirmation he'd be on the U.S. team.

Woods said he didn't know if it would be his final time playing in Australia, but logic suggests there won't be many more opportunities for his legion of Aussie fans. "I got back to him after Japan".

There may yet be another addition to the team, pending the fitness of world number one Brooks Koepka, who aggravated a knee problem when he slipped on wet concrete during the CJ Cup in South Korea three weeks ago.

"It's going to be a lot of work", Woods said.

"He's obviously going to be hurt and disappointed by it, I've been on that side".

"I'm so happy to be chosen as a captain's pick".

He is the second playing captain in the Presidents Cup.

"It's not easy, but Rickie's a hell of a player and he's going to start winning tournaments here".

Woods was cautious about how much he would play, however, noting that he would only need to meet a two-match minimum according to the competition's rules.

"Even as a child, it has always been a dream of mine to make the Presidents Cup", Im said.



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