Tiger Woods picks himself for Presidents Cup as one of four wildcards


USA 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.

The 15-times major champion also named Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Gary Woodland for the biennial tournament which pits the United States against a team representing the rest of the world minus Europe.

Reed being split from Spieth was one of the big talking points of last year's Ryder Cup, after they were so successful in previous years, but the 29-year-old is sure he will find his touch again.

Woods' elevate in Japan got here expedient two months after arthroscopic knee surgery to take care of pain that had been troubling him since his Masters triumph in April. "It's going to be hard, but I also have three remarkable assistants in Fred (Couples), Stricks (Steve Stricker) and Zach (Johnson)". A written statement channelled through the PGA Tour was a safer way of thanking Woods for his selection.

"With the new rules, I just have to play one match prior to the singles", he added.

And he hopes he can prove Woods was right to pick him by continuing to perform on the course.

"I have a lot of good friends who are Australian and play out here and because of that I look forward to it and getting those crowds riled up, that's kind of what I like to do".

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"I was ready to get on the correct aspect and get the game in type and perform the way I'm meant to be actively playing, and for the reason that of that, I was blessed enough to be in a position to get a select".

Reed, wearing red nearly in homage to Woods on the second day in Antalya, shot a second round 65 to sit eight under overall and in tied 15th for the $7m event.

Interestingly, Woods and Woodland were both major champions, but were not among the top eight American golfers in the Official World Golf Ranking Points between August 27, 2018 and August 19, 2019.

"I did have coffee with "Brooksy" this morning", said Woods. It's going to be hard, but I have three wonderful assistants.

Woods said his assistants had offered plenty of advice on whether to choose himself to play.

The rest of the USA team is Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson.

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. Only Phil Mickelson - who is missing his first Presidents Cup since the event was started in 1994 - has won more Presidents Cup matches.