Did Tiger Woods select himself for Presidents Cup?

  • Did Tiger Woods select himself for Presidents Cup?

Did Tiger Woods select himself for Presidents Cup?

United States captain Tiger Woods will play at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne next month.

But Woods, the captain of team United States of America, said on Friday that he had picked himself among four discretionary picks - Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Gary Woodland - to complete his 12-man outfit.

The tournament will take place at Royal Melbourne from December 9 to 15. While we certainly expect Tiger to choose himself to play this year's Presidents Cup (and he hasn't exactly been subtle about that in recent weeks), he has some very fair choices to make.

Woods will be the first playing captain in the Presidents Cup since American Hale Irwin in the inaugural edition in 1994. "He's in good form, he's Masters champion, he's won recently and he's played in so many matches".

"It's going to be a lot of work, but something I've been looking forward to for a long time", Woods said.

Niemann, ranked 54, became the first player from Chile to win on the PGA Tour when he triumphed at the Greenbrier in September and the 21-year-old followed up with tied 12th in a high-quality field at the CJ Cup in South Korea last month.

Els also named former world No. 1 Jason Day to the team.

Woods left the door ajar on whether or not the Americans would add an additional vice-captain to Fred Couples, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson given his own selection.

However, the South African said he was confident his debutants would be ready for the challenge at the Dec 12-15 event, which pits an worldwide team representing the rest of the world minus Europe against the Americans.

"I just love his game, I've played with him numerous times", Els said.

"But I just have to play one match (minimum) before singles.so it's about me getting an understanding of the guys and an understanding of the course. for all of us to see how it fits". Simpson played on winning sides in 2011 and 2013 while Schauffele, DeChambeau and Cantlay will be making their debuts.

The 32-year-old can now check it off his list after worldwide captain Ernie Els named him one of four captain's picks on Wednesday night.

"There's always that chance, but let's just focus on coming to Royal Melbourne and this competition", he said.

"He's made nine Cups, he's played in Australia twice in the Presidents Cup so this will be his third appearance there as a player".

"It's weird talking about yourself in the third person", the 15-time major champion said after reeling off a little of his bio to the media conference.

Woods announced himself with his fourth and final pick.

"We've got a lot to do but I'm thinking guys who make the team can play", the four-time Major victor said.

Even more interesting will be his week in Australia - at times in a cart, at times standing over a key putt, all the while thinking about pairings and what it takes to win.