Cup could be Tiger’s Aussie farewell
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.