Tiger Woods To Serve As Captain For Presidents Cup


On Tuesday, Woods and Ernie Els were expected to be announced as the respective leaders of the USA and global teams at the 2019 Presidents Cup, to be held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.

Now, they'll meet again in 2019 as captains for the matches in Melbourne, Australia, according to an Associated Press report. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the captain selections have not been announced.

It will be Woods first taste of United States of America team captaincy after being a 2016 Hazeltine Ryder Cup vice-captain and also a vice-captain under Stricker at last year's Presidents Cup.

The two players infamously went head-to-head in a play-off in the 2003 Presidents Cup after the match ended in a 17-17 tie. The International team's only victory was in 1998 at Royal Melbourne.

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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 outcome of the Presidents Cup. One of the birdies was a 44-foot putt he rolled in at the 17th to move within a shot of the lead with a hole to play, drawing a thunderous roar from the crowd. The 1998 event was also held in December, a date that traditionally works well with other golf tournaments held in Australia.

Four-time major victor Els has finished runner-up to Woods seven times, including twice in the majors.

"Ernie Els and Tiger Woods have each been part of the fabric of the Presidents Cup as competitors and as ambassadors to the event", said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. The Presidents Cup has been reduced to 30 matches over four days, and the format is not likely to change for the next one. "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 who are embracing the hallmarks of the event - golf on a global stage, a love and passion for the game and the impact the Presidents Cup has in emerging markets and through charity".

Woods was runner-up at the Valspar Championship on Sunday and plays at Bay Hill this week, where he is an eight-time victor.