Did Tiger Woods select himself for Presidents Cup?

Ross Houston
November 8, 2019

Tiger Woods picked Tiger Woods to play on the US Presidents Cup team on a live selection show Thursday night and the way he broke down the pick was pretty great.

In a huge boost for the event, Woods named himself as one of four captain's picks to take on a team of Internationals that includes four Australians.

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Woods actually may have had himself in mind as the No. 1 choice, but Finau was the first player announced as a captain's pick for the American team, followed by Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland and Woods.

Woods not only is the Masters champion, just two weeks ago he tied the PGA Tour record with his 82nd career victory at the Zozo Championship in Japan.

Woods overlooked Ryder and Presidents Cup mainstay Rickie Fowler, who has not played since the Tour Championship.

But International skipper Els yesterday questioned whether the presence of Woods on the fairways would unsettle the Americans.

"It's going to be a lot of work".

"To me the Zozo Championship was a big event and validated that I could still play", he said on Friday.

"It was a hard process. for me ZOZO (his recent win in Japan) was a big event and it validated that I could still play". "They will have to deal with it ... and it will be interesting how the team copes with Tiger playing".

Woods has a Presidents Cup record of 24 wins, 15 losses and one halved match and knows Royal Melbourne well having played there in the 1998 event and rolling in the winning putt at the same venue in 2011.

However, the South African said he was confident his debutants would be ready for the challenge at the Dec 12-15 event, which pits an worldwide team representing the rest of the world minus Europe against the Americans.

Hadwin, 32, played in New Jersey two years ago when the worldwide team was soundly defeated, but is determined to make his second appearance more successful.

"I've spoken to Jason through the year ... he wants to rectify a lot of things", Els said. "I think it balances things really well", added the four-time major victor.

The Americans boast world No.1 and four-time major victor Brooks Koepka, along with fellow top-10 players Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau plus Webb Simpson (ranked 11) and Matt Kuchar (22).

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