Tiger Woods to take over as United States captain

Florence Fletcher
March 13, 2018

The golfing superstar, who just 15 months ago was ranked outside the world's top 1000, also shot up the rankings to 149 from 388 on Monday (Tuesday NZ time).

Woods' long-time rival Ernie Els will lead the worldwide team at Royal Melbourne, nearly certainly containing the likes of Australia's Jason Day.

Els, and a victor of four Majors, made his Presidents Cup debut in 1996 and was a member of the only worldwide winning side two years later, and all up, has contested eight Presidents Cups with the last being in 2013.

However, his return to form may complicate that with Woods likely to qualify for the team as a player if he continues to play well.

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

Tiger Woods and Ernie Els will reportedly duel in the Presidents Cup again, this time as captains for the biennial clash between United States and the Internationals in 2019. He's reached out in those team rooms and really been a big part of helping the younger players and being alongside of them and then also helping the captain with some hard tasks and asks and X's and O's.

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The announcement comes as Woods surges into outright favouritism for this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, on the back of a second place finish at the Valspar Championship on Sunday.

Last year's loss in NY prompted Els to call for changes to the event ahead of the 2019 edition, including an overhaul of "logistics, scheduling, selection process (and) course set-up".

While Woods may have his sights set on playing in this year's Ryder Cup in France, he will serve a different role on the 2019 Presidents Cup team.

The development first was reported by the blog Morning Read. The Internationals have just one cup win since the event's inception in 1994. The International team's only victory was in 1998 at Royal Melbourne.

Captains alone will not change the outcome, a position that former global captains Greg Norman and Nick Price have expressed. One person with knowledge of the decision said Woods reached out to the PGA Tour about his interest in being the next captain.

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