Tiger Woods picks himself to play in Presidents Cup

Tanya Simon
November 10, 2019

Woods, as team captain, needed to select four American golfers to participate in the event. Some of the lustre came off Captain America at last year's Ryder Cup where he questioned the pairings, his teammates, and made it sound like he was stuck playing with his idol Woods. "And I find it interesting talking in the third person".

After staying one of the most productive gamers on very last year's United States Ryder Cup team, Utah's Tony Finau has been chosen by captain Tiger Woods to play on the Presidents Cup staff that will deal with an Intercontinental crew subsequent thirty day period in Australia.

But the decision had been widely expected since his victory at the Zozo Championship - his first outing since arthroscopic surgery two months ago to address knee trouble that had slowed him since his triumph at Augusta National. Reed rubbed salt into the wounds with a now infamous New York Times interview in which he lashed out at team mate Jordan Spieth for not wanting to pair with him in Paris and said Woods had apologised to him for playing poorly.

Woods said he would rely on help from assistant captains Steve Stricker, Fred Couples and Zach Johnson to keep the United States on track.

"It's going to be hard but I always knew I had three awesome assistants", Woods said. The players, they wanted me to play in the event. "Two matches minimum. It could be more".

"I'm going to let captain decide who plays with who and once we get there, decide on the golf course". Reed has never been known to possess much of a filter but his takedown of the US performance drew condemnation from a slew of former players and pundits.

"Freddie was pretty ardent".

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Tiger Woods will have an ear piece, a radio and his golf clubs at the Presidents Cup.

That's where the global team notched their only victory - against 10 defeats and one draw - in 1998.

The U.S. Team includes every American player ranked inside the top 16, including Woods (No. 7).

Australian Adam Scott at 17th in the world is the worldwide team's highest-ranked player.

That leaves three other picks to be made to join automatic qualifiers Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Bryson DeChambeau. Barring an unlikely injury crisis there is little chance Reed will cross paths with Spieth in Australia, with Woods overlooking the former world number one after a poor season.

If Koepka is unable to play, Woods can choose any player to replace him but offered no details Thursday as to who a replacement might be. Woods will be the first playing captain since 1994, the first edition of the tournament.

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