Tiger Woods to captain 2019 Presidents Cup team

Tiger Woods To Serve As Captain For Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods To Serve As Captain For Presidents Cup

Woods and Els are certain to inject some life into the matches, from their own relationship and history, and from the most intense moment in Presidents Cup history.

Tiger Woods' playing career is heading in a positive direction once again, and the 14-time major champion looks set to take up a non-playing role in next year's Presidents Cup as captain of the United States team.

South African Ernie Els will be captain of the worldwide team for next year's Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, a source told Reuters on Monday.

In the 2003 event in South Africa, Els and Woods were picked to face off in a sudden-death playoff.

The Presidents Cup-Ryder Cup captaincy crossover hasn't always been the norm (Fred Couples has captained three Presidents Cups but no Ryder Cups), but the template for global golf has changed.

Whilst Els might be a logical choice to be the next global team captain, Woods' anticipated appointment comes as more of a surprise, not least because he will be only 43 by the time the match takes place in Melbourne next year.

Woods, who was an assistant captain last year when sidelined with back problems and will fill a similar position this year when the USA take on Europe in the Ryder Cup in France, could find himself filling the role of playing the captain in Australia. Els said it was the first time he felt his legs shake over a putt.

Four-time major victor Ernie Els. The International team's only victory was in 1998 at Royal Melbourne.

Ahead of an anticipated announcement at 4:30pm ET, the official Twitter account of the Presidents Cup shared a message that appeared to confirm the news.

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

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