Woods and Els named as Presidents Cup captains

Presidents Cup- Final Round

The announcement is expected to be made on Tuesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the captain selections have not been announced.

Els becomes skipper after Nick Price had taken the role for the last three tournaments.

Woods, who is the only player in Presidents Cup history to have holed the winning putt on three occasions, said he was honoured to follow in the footsteps of the greats of the game as US captain.

Woods, who was looking for his first win since the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, shot a 1-under 70 on Sunday to finish the Valspar Championship tied with Patrick Reed for second place at 9-under 275.

"The Presidents Cup has provided me with numerous best memories of my career", Els said. Both Woods and Els served as captain's assistants for their respective teams in 2017.

"Today marks the start of a two-year program of events and activities by the U.S. PGA TOUR's Australian operations, who along with the Victorian Government, host clubs and other golf organisations will work together to grow the game and cement Victoria as Australia's home of golf". In gathering darkness that made it hard to read putts, Woods holed a double-breaking, 15-foot par putt on the third extra hole.

Woods has been named by Jim Furyk as a 2018 USA Ryder Cup vice-captain along with Stricker and Davis Love 111.

Woods referred to it at the time as one of his most nerve-wracking moments.

Four-time major victor Els has finished runner-up to Woods seven times, including twice in the majors.

In 1998 in Thailand, Woods rallied from an eight-shot deficit in the final round and beating Els in a playoff.

Woods was runner-up at the Valspar Championship on Sunday and plays at Bay Hill this week, where he is an eight-time victor. However, the historical template has been somewhat upended as Stricker was the captain for the last Presidents Cup team, and he seems to be a likely candidate for the 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy, too.

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