US captain Woods opts to play in Presidents Cup

Carrie Guzman
November 10, 2019

The Internationals will tee off at Australia's Royal Melbourne from December 12-15 against a star-studded United States captained by Woods, who is expected to pick himself when he unveils his four wildcards on Friday.

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

Australia's former world number one Day will feature in his fifth Presidents Cup despite having seen his ranking slip to 29th, while world number 44 Hadwin will make his second appearance after his debut in 2017.

Woods will serve as player and captain for US in Melbourne after revealing his four selections on Thursday. "Two guys who have won Presidents Cup and Zach, who will be a future captain".

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.

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The top eight American golfers who were already selected prior to Woods's selections were PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka of West Palm Beach, FL; Justin Thomas of Louisville, KY; Dustin Johnson of Columbia, SC; Patrick Cantlay of Long Beach, CA; Xander Schauffele of San Diego, CA; Webb Simpson of Raleigh, NC; Matt Kuchar of Winter Park, FL and Bryson DeChambeau of Modesto, CA. Reed rubbed salt into the wounds with a now infamous New York Times interview in which he lashed out at team mate Jordan Spieth for not wanting to pair with him in Paris and said Woods had apologised to him for playing poorly.

While his improved play will certainly be a boost, Woods said it's Reed's energy in worldwide competitions that can really make a difference. Woods also left off Rickie Fowler, who got married and has not played since the Tour Championship; and Kevin Kisner, who is 16-5-3 in match play, including a victory and runner-up in the last two Dell Match Play events.

Woods did not say what kind of contingency plan he had if Koepka couldn't make it. I know the biggest factor is just all of us will need to keep concentrated and pay out focus to what we're undertaking on the golfing class. Woods made five calls to players to tell them they didn't make the team. The other golfers on the worldwide team are Adam Hadwin of Canada, Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, Abraham Ancer of Mexico, Haotong Li of China, Cheng-tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei, Sung-jae Im of South Korea and Joaquin Niemann of Chile.

The 82-time PGA Tour winner's appearance in Australia will be his ninth Presidents Cup as a participant, with Reed - who partnered Woods in the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golfing Countrywide - absolutely at the rear of the conclusion. The U.S. Team has only one loss in Presidents Cup history. Hale Irwin played in the inaugural matches in 1994 when he qualified for the team. Woods has a 24-15-1 record at the Presidents Cup.

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