Cup could be Tiger’s Aussie farewell

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

TIGER Woods con­cedes he’s un­sure if he will again grace Aus­tralia’s fair­ways af­ter se­lect­ing him­self as US play­ing cap­tain for next month’s Pres­i­dents Cup in Mel­bourne.

“I don’t know if this is the last time I play Down Un­der,” Woods said. “I can still play the Open or other events down there — there’s al­ways that chance. But let’s just fo­cus on us com­ing to Mel­bourne to play Royal Mel­bourne and en­joy that ex­pe­ri­ence and com­pe­ti­tion.”

The 2019 US Masters cham­pion and world No.7 also named Tony Finau, US Open cham­pion Gary Wood­land and Pa­trick Reed as his three other picks on Fri­day to take on Ernie Els’ In­ter­na­tion­als.

Rickie Fowler was the un­lucky omis­sion, with the pow­er­ful Amer­i­can team fea­tur­ing seven play­ers from the world’s top 10 and world No.22 Matt Kuchar as the low­es­tranked of the 12.

Woods will be the first play­ing cap­tain at a Pres­i­dents Cup since Hale Ir­win led the US to a 20-12 win in the in­au­gu­ral event in Vir­ginia in 1994.

Els said Woods had “no choice” but to pick him­self af­ter his in­cred­i­ble come­back from in­jury this year. “This is our gen­er­a­tion’s best player by quite a dis­tance and peo­ple want to see him play,” Els said.

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