Tiger Woods To Serve As Captain For Presidents Cup

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I have no doubt that Ernie will have the International Team ready to go in Melbourne, and I can not think of a more fitting captain to carry the tradition of goodwill through competition than Ernie Els.

"This is a huge honour for me", Woods said on Tuesday ahead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Els will take over the worldwide lead reins from Zimbabwean Nick Price.

"These two have served, and will continue to serve, as a bridge between past team members and captains who laid the foundation for the Presidents Cup and the stars of today".

Woods meanwhile said his appetite to captain the USA team had been fueled by a stint as Steve Stricker's assistant in 2017.

Woods, who is on the comeback trail after missing most of the past two years through injury, has holed the winning putt in the Presidents Cup on no fewer than three occasions.

"The Presidents Cup has provided me with numerous best memories of my career", Els said in a statement.

Els and Woods matched par on the first extra hole. Els had to make from 6 feet to match him.

Woods has been named by Jim Furyk as a 2018 USA Ryder Cup vice-captain along with Stricker and Davis Love 111. Els said it was the first time he felt his legs shake over a putt. The 1998 event was also held in December, a date that traditionally works well with other golf tournaments held in Australia.

"I've had just the most fantastic times and been able to play around the world.to do this with Ernie is a huge honour".

Four-time major victor Ernie Els.

Off the course, Els is the player Woods sought out in the 1996 British Open when he was trying to decide whether to turn pro.

The 2019 Presidents Cup will be the 13th match in the competition's history. The Presidents Cup has been reduced to 30 matches over four days, and the format is not likely to change for the next one.

Four-times major victor Els of South Africa has been a runner-up to Woods seven times in his professional playing career, including twice in the majors. Hale Irwin is the only playing captain in the Presidents Cup, at the inaugural matches in 1994.

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