Tiger Woods, Ernie Els to be named 2019 Presidents Cup captains


On Tuesday, Woods and Ernie Els were expected to be announced as the respective leaders of the United States and global teams at the 2019 Presidents Cup, to be held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.

"With the announcement of Tiger Woods and Ernie Els as team captains for the 2019 Presidents Cup, we're one step closer to delivering what is one of golf's premier global events". They spoke on condition of anonymity because it has not been announced.

It will be Woods first taste of US team captaincy after being a 2016 Hazeltine Ryder Cup vice-captain and also a vice-captain under Stricker at last year's Presidents Cup.

In the 2003 event in South Africa, Els and Woods were picked to face off in a sudden-death playoff. They went three holes at Fancourt but the event ended in a tie after it was deemed to dark to continue. The US has won ten, with the global team winning just once.

In addition to the announcement of the two captains, officials also unveiled minor changes to format requirements and eligibility for the 2019 Presidents Cup. One person with knowledge of the decision said Woods reached out to the PGA Tour about his interest in being the next captain. Els had to make a 12-foot par putt on the next hole to extend the playoff. Els said it was the first time he felt his legs shake over a putt. The 1998 event was also held in December, a date that traditionally works well with other golf tournaments held in Australia.

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Four-time major victor Ernie Els. That includes twice in the majors, though Woods won those by 15 shots (2000 U.S. Open) and eight shots (2000 British Open).

Off the course, Els is the player Woods sought out in the 1996 British Open when he was trying to decide whether to turn pro.

After years of battling back issues, Woods looked close to his old dominant self on Sunday when he finished runner-up to Englishman Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship.

News of Woods appointment will come with 199 days to the start of the 2018 Ryder Cup in Versailles.