Woods and Els named as Presidents Cup captains

Tiger Woods

Woods and Ernie Els will lead the respective United States and worldwide teams at the next edition of the event, to be held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in December 2019.

The Presidents Cup, which began in 1994, was a way to include players from outside of Europe in a Ryder Cup-style event, will be played for the third time at Royal Melbourne in Australia - the site of the only worldwide victory, in 1998, when Woods played the competition for the first time.

Woods and Els will make their Presidents Cup captain debuts in Melbourne and whilst the pair will be rookies in the role, they will be the most experienced captains in Presidents Cup history.

The announcement was made in the Latrobe Room at Bay Hill, site of this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour.

Woods meanwhile said his appetite to captain the USA team had been fueled by a stint as Steve Stricker's assistant in 2017. "And this goes back to, this is part of the wisdom that - I think Commissioner Finchem deserves great credit for in establishing this event when it was established, because this is the point in time where we all envisioned - we're right where we thought we would be and now this is another opportunity to take the Cup and the game forward in significant ways on a global basis".

"It's something I've always wanted to do".

"They said that you would probably be on the short list", Woods explained. "Yes, I have", said Woods, with a smile, when asked if he has thought about it.

Woods, who is the only player in Presidents Cup history to have holed the winning putt on three occasions, said he was honoured to follow in the footsteps of the greats of the game as US captain.

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"It's a home game for us, so we would like to think that we're going to have the majority of the support and the crowd can really get behind us a little bit more", he said. "I called Jay up said, 'Hey Jay, might you be interested in me possibly being the captain in 2019 Presidents Cup team?' Silence".

With two wildly popular players as captains, there is no doubt that interest will be high among fans, even for a traditionally one-sided competition.

"It's just a matter of time before I put it all together".

Els and Woods share a great personal rivalry‚ and although they were seldom locked in a two-way duel for important titles‚ they did share one of the most dramatic President's Cup moments ever.

Tiger Woods was one shot away from a chance to win, and the PGA Tour had its largest television audience in five years.

To many who were there at Fancourt in 2003, Woods and Els took competitive golf to rarified air.

"I'm excited about getting down there because it is a sports mad city, everyone loves their sport and they've really supported the Presidents Cup the last two times [in 1998 and 2011] I've played there as a player as well".

"We couldn't believe the amount of pressure we felt and we both had won major championships, but nothing felt like that", Woods said.

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