Tiger may pick himself for Presidents Cup

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2018

The former world number one made a successful return to golf in 2018 after missing most of the previous two seasons through injury.

However a scheduling clash in 2019 means Tiger's own tournament, the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, will also be played in the week prior to the Presidents Cup, in the same timeslot as the Australian Open.

Tiger Woods has not ruled out picking himself as a playing captain for next year's Presidents Cup in Australia should he fail to automatically qualify.

Earlier this year Woods agreed to captain the US side against Ernie Els' International squad when the biennial matches return to Royal Melbourne next December.

"If not, then myself and my vice-captains are going to have to figure out as well as the other top eight players who are the next four guys that will be best served to be part of this team".

"We'll see what happens as we have to figure some of the logistical things between now and then and that's one of the reasons I'm here", said Woods.

Woods was part of that line-up, which was captained by Jack Nicklaus, and bested Greg Norman in the Sunday singles despite the worldwide team winning by a margin of 20.5 - 11.5.

"The Internationals came out ready, prepared, played, and they drummed us so my job is to make sure that the guys are prepared, they're still playing and trying to stay fresh and competitive late in the year". "I want to compete".

That was the case the last time the Presidents Cup was played in Australia, in 2011, when the likes of Woods, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and U.S. captain Fred Couples all played the Australian Open the week before. "I want to play", he said. "And as a player and as a competitor, you want to always be in control and be able to compete and play".

Woods was slated to be a vice captain for Ryder Cup but eventually focused his efforts on playing, after he was named one of Jim Furyk's wildcard picks for the matches in Paris.

Only three-time major victor Hale Irwin has played the Cup as a captain when he performed dual roles in the inaugural 1994 event.

"I'm going to have to defer a lot of information to my vice captains and get a lot of their opinions, whether or not I can play and do both roles", Woods said.

Woods added that he was tossing around a few names to be his vice-captains, and he would decide "shortly".

The Americans have won 10 of the 12 previous Presidents Cups over the worldwide team, with the matches in South Africa in 2003 tied.

Woods, who claimed his 80th career PGA Tour victory in September, is in Melbourne on a promotional trip for next year's competition.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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