Woods, Els Named President Cup Captains in '19 PDF Print E-mail

 

 

By Jason Bruno - March 13th, 2018 7:17 pm

2019 Presidents Cup Captains announced at Bayhill




Windermere, Florida - On Tuesday late afternoon at Bayhill, the PGA Tour

held a rare late afternoon press conference to announce the new captains

of the 2019 Presidents Cup - Tiger Woods for Team USA and Ernie Els for

the Internationals.


Now well beyond his prime, nobody doubted that Els would be the logical

choice for the Internationals side, but we're not sure few other than Stricker,

Furyk, Davis Love III and Tiger himself saw this one coming. At 42 years old,

Woods is the youngest named captain ever.


Both new captains have played eight times in the Presidents Cup and were

involved in the 2003 matches that went to a playoff and ended in a tie. The

2019 matches will be Dec.12-15th at Royal Melbourne in Australia.


When asked about how the captaincy came about for Tiger, he said "After

some thought, that sounds like something I really want to do. I called Jay

up and said, 'Might you be interested in me possibly being the captain in

2019?' Silence. then he said, 'Yeah, we might be able to work that out.' So

here I am." Woods put up a big smile when asked if he plans on being a

playing captain. "I would like to get to a point where I would have to make

that decision, get to where I'm playing well enough where I could make the

team on points," Woods said. "But I wouldn't want to have the conversation

and go, 'Self'. So let's just see how it progresses." Hale Irwin was the only

captain to take on both roles in 1994.


"It was just a natural progression to one day become a captain," Woods said.