Woods, Els named cap­tains of Pres­i­dents Cup in Aus­tralia

Ripon Bulletin - - Sports -

OR­LANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ernie Els was al­ways the log­i­cal choice to be the In­ter­na­tional team’s next cap­tain in the Pres­i­dents Cup.

Tiger Woods at first thought it might be soon for him.

That changed a cou­ple of months ago when Woods asked PGA Tour Com­mis­sioner Jay Mon­a­han about the U.S. cap­tain for next year’s matches in Aus­tralia, and the usual sus­pects were men­tioned. Mon­a­han asked if any­one had been left out, and Woods added an­other name to the short list. “Me.”

Woods and Els, who both played eight times in the Pres­i­dents Cup and were in­volved in a high-stakes play­off that ended in a tie, were in­tro­duced as cap­tains on Tues­day. The 2019 matches will be Dec. 12-15 at Royal Mel­bourne, the lat­est the event has been held.

Woods was an as­sis­tant cap­tain when the Amer­i­can won for the sev­enth straight time, 19-11, last year at Lib­erty Na­tional. In early dis­cus­sions about the next one, Woods said he was more com­fort­able serv­ing as an as­sis­tant.

“But then af­ter a lit­tle bit of thought I said, ‘You know what? That sounds like some­thing I re­ally want to do,’” Woods said. “I called Jay up and said, ‘Might you be in­ter­ested in me pos­si­bly be­ing the cap­tain in 2019?’ Si­lence. And he said, ‘Yeah, we might be able to work that out.’ So here I am.”

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