MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Tiger Woods discovered the exhausting manner twenty years in the past how vital preparation was for Presidents Cup success and he’s decided to depart nothing to likelihood when he captains the USA at subsequent yr’s version at Royal Melbourne.
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The 42-year-old has already expressed his disquiet about his personal World Problem match being scheduled for the week earlier than the Dec. 12-15 conflict in opposition to an Worldwide group of gamers from the remainder of the world, excluding Europe.
Anybody taking part in the World Problem 16,000 kms away within the Bahamas is not going to get to Australia till Tuesday — solely 48 hours earlier than the beginning of the Presidents Cup — and Woods mentioned he wanted to make sure they’d nonetheless be contemporary.
“We now have to determine some logistical issues between now after which,” the 14-times main champion instructed reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.
“We’ve obtained (to) attempt to get the perfect subject we will on the (World Problem), in addition to getting everybody right here from the Bahamas to this match, get them rested, getting them ready and getting them able to play and compete.”
Woods mentioned the expertise of 1998 at Royal Melbourne, when he was a part of the one U.S. group to lose to the Internationals, illustrated how vital it was that the Individuals had been able to go.
“The fellows took fairly a little bit of break day, and fairly frankly, we weren’t ready to play, and we obtained smoked,” he recalled.
“The internationals got here out prepared, ready, performed, and so they drummed us. My job is to make it possible for the fellows are ready, they’re nonetheless taking part in and attempting to remain contemporary and aggressive late within the yr.”
Woods reiterated that he needed to be a taking part in captain however mentioned he would seek the advice of along with his vice captains and group mates over whether or not to select himself if he did not qualify as one of many automated picks.
“After the Tour Championship, we’ll have our prime eight guys, and hopefully I’ll be a part of the highest eight,” he mentioned.
“If not, then (we) are going to have to determine … who’re the following 4 guys that will likely be greatest served to be a part of this group.
“I don’t know if I’ll be part of that dialog both manner, as a participant, however as a captain, yeah, I’ll be part of it.”
Woods, a non-playing vice-captain on the 2017 version, mentioned taking cost of the Presidents Cup group was “particular” and that he had a good suggestion of what sort of captain he needed to be.
“Properly, one which leads our group to a victory, one which the fellows can have quite a lot of enjoyable and respect,” he mentioned.
“And one which’ll create an surroundings the place it’ll be a second and per week that they’ll keep in mind for the remainder of their lives.”
Writing by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney, modifying by Amlan Chakraborty