Woods, Els to captain Australia Presidents Cup

Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

Tiger Woods and Ernie Els will reportedly duel in the Presidents Cup again, this time as captains for the biennial clash between United States and the Internationals in 2019.

The development first was reported by the blog Morning Read. The U.S. won the 2017 match 19-11, its seventh consecutive win. Woods and Els offer two of the highest-caliber names in golf.

Woods' solid performance was further proof that the 14-time major victor is a force again after last April's spinal fusion surgery on his lower back, coming tantalisingly close to ending a five-year title drought.

The Presidents Cup, which began in 1994 and was patterned after the Ryder Cup to give worldwide players from outside Europe a chance to compete, has been one-sided since the start.

Els and Woods matched par on the first extra hole. The Americans have won seven in a row.

Woods has been named by Jim Furyk as a 2018 USA Ryder Cup vice-captain along with Stricker and Davis Love 111. Worldwide golfers (who aren't European).

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Woods and Els famously dueled at the 2003 Presidents Cup at Fancourt in South Africa over a play-off, tying for three holes before darkness intervened and the match was called, with both teams agreeing to share the cup.

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

So, expect some type of format change to reduce the number of points from 30 and minimize the American depth, plus perhaps other tweaks for which Els has lobbied. The US has won ten, with the worldwide team winning just once. Woods has played on eight Presidents Cup teams, although not since 2013. You can sort of put eight guys out and feel you've got a good chance. He was an assistant to Steve Stricker in the Presidents Cup last year and he already has agreed to be a vice-captain at this year's Ryder Cup in France for the second straight time.

The Presidents Cup has not had a playing captain since Hale Irwin went 2-1 for the Americans in a 20-12 US victory in 1994.

An official announcement is expected on Tuesday.

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