Els names rookies Im, Niemann in Presidents Cup captain's picks

Tanya Simon
November 8, 2019

In a media teleconference, Finau described himself as "extremely pumped and excited to play for Tiger", after receiving the news in "a phone call I'll remember forever".

"As captain, I'm going to choose Tiger Woods as the last player on the team", he said during his announcement.

It's the ninth Presidents Cup appearance for Woods, who made his debut at Royal Melbourne in 1998, the only time in the Cup's history the Internationals have claimed victory.

Day will play his fifth Presidents Cup and hope to improve on a losing record of five wins, 11 defeats and four halved matches over his career.

Finau may have made the top eight, ahead of DeChambeau, but he lost points by falling from second place to fourth during the final round of the BMW Championship in the Chicago area.

Woods will announce his four captain's picks today and he is expected to use one of the picks on himself, becoming the first playing skipper since Hale Irwin led the U.S. to a 20-12 win at the inaugural event in Virginia in 1994.

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

Woods was uncharacteristically coy when he announced himself as the final selection, even though all those in the team's inner circle had been urging him to do it for months.

Featuring seven players in the top 10, the United States play an global team with none, and so will be heavily favored to continue a winning record dating back to 2005.

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Tiger Woods has named his captains picks for the Presidents Cup.

"I did have coffee with "Brooksy" this morning", said Woods.

Els and the Internationals players welcomed the prospect of 15-times major champion Woods returning to Royal Melbourne, where he rolled in the winning putt in the 2011 tournament.

Woods indicated that Rickie Fowler, now ranked 21 in the world, was the unlucky player to miss out, although Fowler could earn a late reprieve with Brooks Koepka under an injury cloud.

"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. I find it interesting I'm talking in the third person!" He said he could play more depending on what the team needs.

"Our players have earned that by playing well around the world, but when it comes down to it, when we start out on Thursday (December 12) it's 0-0". Give me Japan and I'll get back to you'.

The automatic selections to complete the American team were Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar.

"I said 'hold on, I haven't swung a club yet".

Despite his inclusion in the playing ranks at Royal Melbourne, Woods does not have the greatest record in team match-play golf.

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