Tiger Woods keen to be playing captain at Presidents Cup

Rex Christensen
December 7, 2018

US Presidents Cup captain Tiger Woods has delivered a blow to golf in Australia, suggesting the world's leading players should skip next year's Australian Open to play in his tournament instead.

Earlier this year Woods agreed to captain the USA side against Ernie Els' International squad when the biennial matches return to Royal Melbourne next December.

But 14-time Major victor Woods has declared he will accept the role of playing skipper - which has happened just once - if he is to earn automatic qualification for what will be a star-studded American team.

"I'm part of the team either way", Woods told reporters Wednesday during a news conference to promote the event.

USA team standings are calculated from FedEx Cup points accrued on the PGA Tour during a weighted two-year period leading up to the Tour Championship.

The former long-time world No.1 is travelling with his partner, Erica Herman, and his two children but is having a rest from playing after a ground-breaking season on the US PGA Tour where he won for the first time in five years and after four back operations.

"It was late in the year and we didn't have the wrap-around schedule that we have now", the 42-year-old said.

But eight-time Cup veteran Woods also has the option to select himself.

The US team won the last Presidents Cup in Jersey City in 2017 by 19-11, their seventh straight triumph.

"If we think it's me, then how I can I best serve this team?"

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'After the Tour Championship, we'll have our top eight guys, and hopefully I'll be part of the top eight, ' he said.

"Is it playing or just captaining?"

"We've got a few meetings scheduled in today, try to get a better plan going forward, so that we can get the best that we can at the Hero as well as getting everyone here from the Bahamas to this tournament rested, get them prepared and get them ready to play".

But he said the early preparation for being a vice-captain would bode well for his potential dual role in Melbourne.

The 1998 event remains the only outright win the global team has claimed.

In that Open cast at The Lakes were Woods and fellow Americans Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, David Toms, Nick Watney, Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas plus their Cup captain Fred Couples and his assistants Bill Haas and John Cook.

"(Royal Melbourne) is one of the most unique courses you can play; it's so short, so fast and so tricky.

"It really hasn't; it looks about the same", Woods said.

"But it's always been one of my favourite (trips) to come down here because we don't often get chances to play venues like this".

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