Woods keen to be play­ing cap­tain at Pres­i­dents Cup

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Tiger Woods said on Thurs­day he was keen to be a play­ing cap­tain at next year’s Pres­i­dents Cup, and he will draw on his re­cent Ryder Cup ex­pe­ri­ence to help him out.

Woods will cap­tain the US in the 2019 edi­tion of the match­play team event at the Royal Melbourne - Aus­tralia’s old­est golf club with Ernie Els cap­tain­ing the In­ter­na­tion­als.

The for­mer world No 1 made a suc­cess­ful re­turn to golf this year af­ter miss­ing most of the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons through in­jury.

It has pro­pelled him to 14 in the world from out­side the top 500 and he wants to en­sure he is among the eight top-ranked Amer­i­cans who will gain au­to­matic se­lec­tions for next year. If not, he could still play as one of four wild­card picks made by him­self in con­sul­ta­tion with his vice-cap­tains.

“I’m part of the team ei­ther way, okay. We’ll have our top eight guys, and hope­fully I’ll be part of the top eight,” he said in Melbourne where he is scout­ing out the course lay­out.

“If not, then my­self and my vice-cap­tains are go­ing to have to fig­ure out as well as the other top eight play­ers who are the next four guys that will be best served to be part of this team.”

But he made clear he wanted to play at an event he has been part of for 20 years. “I want to com­pete. I want to play,” he said.

“Be­ing a vice-cap­tain the last cou­ple years, you re­alise you re­ally don’t control the play.

“You have to sit back and watch. And as a player and as a com­peti­tor, you want to al­ways be in control and be able to com­pete and play.”

Woods was ini­tially picked by cap­tain Jim Furyk to be a vice­cap­tain at this year’s Ryder Cup, but he dropped out of the role af­ter forc­ing his way into the team as a player.

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

For­mer num­ber one golfer, Tiger Woods

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