Capt Woods and Els

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

TIGER WOODS and Ernie Els will cap­tain the United States and the In­ter­na­tional teams at the 2019 Pres­i­dents Cup in Mel­bourne, it was an­nounced yes­ter­day. For­mer world No. 1 Woods and South African star Els have a long his­tory in the event, in­clud­ing a fa­mous 2003 duel where they com­peted in a sud­den-death play­off that ended in a tie and saw the tro­phy shared. Els has played in the tour­na­ment eight times be­tween 1996 and 2013 while Woods is also an eight­time play­ing vet­eran af­ter mak­ing his de­but in 1998. The 2019 edi­tion of the Ry­der Cup-style event will take place from De­cem­ber 9 to 15 next year at the Royal Mel­bourne Golf Club. “The Pres­i­dents Cup has pro­vided me with many of the best mem­o­ries of my ca­reer,” Els said in a state­ment. “Tiger and I have had some great du­els in the past, and I look for­ward to the chal­lenge of go­ing against my long­time friend yet again in 2019.” Woods mean­while said his ap­petite to cap­tain the US team had been fu­eled by a stint as Steve Stricker’s as­sis­tant in 2017. “Af­ter work­ing as a cap­tain’s as­sis­tant for Steve in 2017, I re­al­ized that I wanted to cap­tain the 2019 event at Royal Mel­bourne,” said Woods. “I’m proud to fol­low in the foot­steps of past cap­tains like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nick­laus, Hale Ir­win, Ken Ven­turi, Fred Cou­ples, Jay Haas and Steve Stricker.” – AFP

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