Following quite a while of hypothesis, Tiger Woods at last made it official.
They’ll be playing with the United States in the Presidents Cup one month from now.
Woods, the U.S. Group commander, utilized one of their four skipper’s singles out theirself while settling their 12-man group on Thursday night. They utilized their three residual singles out Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Gary Woodland, who won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach last season.
“The players, they wanted me to play in the event,” Woods said, via ESPN. “It’s going to be difficult, but I also have three amazing assistants in Fred [Couples], [Steve Stricker] and Zach [Johnson]. So that helps a lot. Two guys who have won Presidents Cups [as captains] and Zach who will be a future captain. Three great minds to help me when I’m playing.”
“With the new rules, I just have to play one match prior to the singles. Two matches minimum. It could be more. It’s about me understanding the guys, and understanding the golf course as well.”
Woods will be only the subsequent playing chief in the occasion’s history, following Hale Irwin in 1994. In spite of the fact that the move may appear to be surprising, it just bodes well given how Woods has played over the previous year.
The 43-year-old won the Masters last April, and grabbed a notable win at the Zozo Championship in Japan a month ago — which denoted their 82nd profession triumph on the PGA Tour, tying Sam Snead’s unequaled record. In spite of the fact that they fell into somewhat of a droop after their success at Augusta National in the midst of a fight with wounds, Woods has move to the No. 7 spot in the World Golf Rankings.
Woods will currently be playing in their ninth Presidents Cup, their first since 2013. They holds a 24-15-1 record in the biennial occasion, and is one of only five players to have at any point posted an ideal 5-0 record in a solitary occasion. Just Phil Mickelson — who is feeling the loss of their first Presidents Cup since the occasion was begun in 1994 — holds more wins in the occasion.
While they hauled the choice out, Woods said Couples pushed their difficult to play.
“He was pretty adamant,” Woods said, via ESPN. “He said, ‘Quit being stupid.’”
Woods, Finau, Reed and Woodland will join Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar, every one of whom earned programmed offers to the group in August.
The United States will take on the International Team beginning on Dec. 12 at Royal Melbourne in Australia. The course played host to the occasion in 1998, which was the main time throughout the entire existence of the Presidents Cup that the International Team has knocked off the Americans.
Worldwide Team chief Ernie Els concluded his group on Wednesday night, utilizing his Captain’s Picks on Jason Day, Joaquin Niemann, Sungjae Im and Adam Hadwin. Their group will be the most youthful in Presidents Cup history, with the normal age of their players at 29.3.