Tiger Woods, Ernie Els to be named 2019 Presidents Cup captains

Ross Houston
March 14, 2018

Woods and Els served as captain's assistants in 2017, when the 12-man USA team beat the Internationals 19-11 at Liberty National in New Jersey for their 10th Cup victory against one loss and one draw overall in the competition.

An official announcement is expected on Tuesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the captain selections have not been announced.

Els was the logical choice to be the next worldwide captain, following three stints by Nick Price. After three extra holes between the two nominated players failed to break the deadlock, and with daylight fading fast, team captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player agreed to share the cup.

Woods was an assistant captain on last year's American team that won in blowout fashion.


Woods takes over from Steve Stricker who led the 2017 USA Presidents Cup team to an emphatic win late past year in New Jersey.

I've played in the Presidents Cup eight times and I had a chance to serve as vice captain a year ago. Both Woods and Els served as captain's assistants for their respective teams in 2017. Els had to make a 12-foot par putt on the next hole to extend the playoff. He is slated to be a vice captain at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, too. Woods had two birdies and one bogey on the day.

"I've had just the most unbelievable times and been able to play around the world.to do this with Ernie is a huge honour". The 1998 event was also held in December, a date that traditionally works well with other golf tournaments held in Australia.

Four-time major victor Ernie Els.


In 1998 in Thailand, Woods rallied from an eight-shot deficit in the final round and beating Els in a playoff.

Off the course, Els is the player Woods sought out in the 1996 British Open when he was trying to decide whether to turn pro.

"Ernie Els and Tiger Woods have each been part of the fabric of the Presidents Cup as competitors and as ambassadors to the event", said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. The Presidents Cup has been reduced to 30 matches over four days, and the format is not likely to change for the next one. I've competed in it eight times and its a dream job for me.


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