MELBOURNE (AFP) – Each and every member of the Internationals group desires to tackle Tiger Woods on the Presidents Cup, with assistant captain Geoff Ogilvy suggesting Australians Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith and previous No. 1 Jason Day are frontrunners.
Woods can be enjoying captain when he leads a star-studded United States towards the Internationals skippered through Ernie Els within the biennial group match-play showdown at Royal Melbourne from December 12-15.
Australian Ogilvy, who performed in 3 Presidents Cups, stated the entire 12-man had put their hand as much as face the 15-time main winner, however favoured considered one of his fellow Australians to tackle Woods.
“Jason (Day) can obviously dangle with Tiger and move down the stretch with him,” Ogilvy, who with Els used to be a member of the shedding Global group at Royal Melbourne in 2011, advised the Melbourne Bring in Solar.
“However Cam and Leish, they’ve actually stood up the closing couple of years and they’re so purchased into this. Cam is bouncing out of his pores and skin. Now we have 12 nice gamers, all of them have a case.
“It depends upon the location of the event. It is dependent how the alternatives move too, we trade, so Tiger may make a selection who he desires to play towards. There is no actual keep watch over there.”
Woods would be the first enjoying captain since American Hale Irwin within the inaugural 1994 Presidents Cup after giving himself a wildcard following his record-equalling 82nd US PGA Excursion identify in Japan closing month.
He spearheads an impressive group that includes the 3 of the sector’s best 4 golfers in primary Brooks Koepka, third-ranked Dustin Johnson and quantity 4 Justin Thomas.
Els has a slightly green group taking a look to win the development for best the second one time in its 25-year historical past. Their sole win got here on the similar Royal Melbourne venue in 1998.
“The American group appear to be a little bit of a juggernaut however we’ve got were given a excellent younger group,” Ogilvy advised journalists on the direction on Monday (Nov 18).
“It is a tricky position for them to play and Ernie is traditionally nice round Royal Melbourne so he is were given numerous knowledge and the gamers wish to win for him.
“The American citizens are in a candy spot of shape however if you happen to watch the Ryder Cup, they’re very beatable if you happen to play neatly. I see no reason we will’t pump them,” he added.
The Presidents Cup will open with 5 fourball suits at the Thursday, adopted through 5 foursomes on Friday. There can be 4 foursomes and 4 fourballs on Saturday with 12 singles to spherical out the contest on Sunday.
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