Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Els to captain Internationals at 2019 Presidents Cup

Els to captain Internationals at 2019 Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods will reportedly serve as the USA team's captain for the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia in 2019 and it is expected that he'll be introduced on Tuesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, according to Alex Miceli of Morning Read.

Woods and Els have agreed to be captains for the 2019 matches in Melbourne, Australia, according to two people involved in the Presidents Cup.

Also the announcement of Woods as the 2022 USA Captain will be a huge boost to the Presidents Cup that has suffered for many years given the USA side has won 10 of 12 events since the inaugural tournament in 1994.

Tiger Woods was an assistant captain at the 2017 Presidents Cup.

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The duo famously dueled at the 2003 event in South Africa in a playoff, tying for three holes before darkness intervened and the match was called, with both teams agreeing to share the cup. They went three holes at Fancourt but the event ended in a tie after it was deemed to dark to continue. There is a fun and talented group of young players emerging from all across the globe for the International Team, and I am eager to accept the responsibility of building a victor when we face the United States at one of my favorite courses and cities in the world at Royal Melbourne.

Woods takes over from Steve Stricker who led the 2017 USA Presidents Cup team to an emphatic win late a year ago in New Jersey.

Woods has finished in the top 15 in each of his last two PGA Tour starts. Els said it was the first time he felt his legs shake over a putt.

An eight-time victor of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods has endured a number of lengthy lay-offs and four back surgeries, but now looks to be back to full fitness as he prepares for his fifth start of 2018. That includes twice in the majors, though Woods won those by 15 shots (2000 U.S. Open) and eight shots (2000 British Open). The same could soon be said for the 2019 Presidents Cup, albeit without "assistant" in the title. The Presidents Cup has been reduced to 30 matches over four days, and the format is not likely to change for the next one.

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