Woods, Els to be named Presidents Cup captains

Woods, Els to be named Presidents Cup captains

File this one under "things we never thought we'd see" - Tiger Woods, US team captain.

Tiger Woods' playing career is heading in a positive direction once again, and the 14-time major champion looks set to take up a non-playing role in next year's Presidents Cup as captain of the United States team.

Now, they'll meet again in 2019 as captains for the matches in Melbourne, Australia, according to an Associated Press report.

Woods has been heavily involved in team event while not playing in recent years because of back injuries.

Woods and Els have been locked in battle for many years, with Els finishing runner-up to Woods seven times in the majors (the most of any player), but none more so than at the 2003 Presidents Cup when the scores were tied at 17-17 in South Africa, the home nation of Els.

The Presidents Cup-Ryder Cup captaincy crossover hasn't always been the norm (Fred Couples has captained three Presidents Cups but no Ryder Cups), but the template for worldwide golf has changed. The US has won ten, with the global team winning just once.

Woods has finished in the top 15 in each of his last two PGA Tour starts. Els had to make a 12-foot par putt on the next hole to extend the playoff.

An eight-time victor of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods has endured a number of lengthy lay-offs and four back surgeries, but now looks to be back to full fitness as he prepares for his fifth start of 2018. A month later at Bay Hill, Els was two shots behind Woods and Love going into a 36-hole Sunday because of rain, and he beat Woods by 10 shots (and Love by 11) to win.

The 2019 Presidents Cup will be the 13th match in the competition's history. The Presidents Cup has been reduced to 30 matches over four days, and the format is not likely to change for the next one.