Tiger Woods has given the strongest indication but that he’ll tee it up as a uncommon enjoying captain within the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.
Woods (United States) and fellow golf nice Ernie Els (Internationals) had been earlier this yr introduced as captains for the biennial occasion, to be held in Melbourne subsequent December.
However 14-time main winner Woods has declared he’ll settle for the function of enjoying skipper – which has occurred simply as soon as – if he’s to earn automated qualification for what will likely be a star-studded American group.
“If I’m a part of the highest eight, sure, I’ll play,” Woods advised AAP in Melbourne.
US group standings are calculated from FedEx Cup factors accrued on the PGA Tour throughout a weighted two-year interval main as much as the Tour Championship.
Each groups can have eight qualifiers and 4 captain’s picks, with the US prone to characteristic superstars Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and three-time main champion Brooks Koepka.
Though his gorgeous harm comeback has him ranked No.14 on this planet, a 10-month surgical procedure hiatus final yr means Woods sits 16th on the US group standings.
“It’s nonetheless a yr out from the occasion,” he mentioned.
However eight-time Cup veteran Woods has the choice to pick himself. The 42-year-old hinted he would remind the group of his Presidents Cup credentials – proudly owning the event file for many factors (six) gained in singles matches.
“If I’m not (a qualifier), it’s as much as myself, the vice captains and the gamers (to find out) who we spherical out the group with,” Woods mentioned.
“If we predict it’s me, then how I can I finest serve this group? Is it enjoying or simply captaining? We’re going to determine that out when it’s time.”
Solely three-time main winner Hale Irwin has performed the Cup as a captain when he carried out twin roles within the inaugural 1994 occasion.
Woods, who claimed his 80th profession PGA Tour victory in September, is in Melbourne on a promotional journey for subsequent yr’s competitors. He made his Cup debut at Royal Melbourne in 1998 – the one version the Internationals have gained.
Woods additionally performed the 2011 Cup at Royal Melbourne and mentioned the enduring Melbourne sandbelt course hadn’t modified within the seven years since he final visited Australia.
“It actually hasn’t; it seems about the identical,” Woods mentioned.
“(Royal Melbourne) is among the most unusual programs you’ll be able to play; it’s so quick, so quick and so difficult.
“But it surely’s all the time been considered one of my favorite (journeys) to return down right here as a result of we don’t usually get possibilities to play venues like this.”