Tiger Woods picks himself for 2019 Presidents Cup team

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Solid choice. And an apparent one during that.

With one of his 4 picks to fill out a USA’s register for a arriving Presidents Cup in Dec in Australia, Woods picked himself Thursday when he announced his selections. He will join Hale Irwin (1994) as a usually personification captains in a competition’s history.

Reigning U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, Tony Finau and Patrick Reed were his 3 other discretionary choices.

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“It was a formidable process,” Woods pronounced of final a picks he announced during The Woods Jupiter, his grill in Florida. He suggested he done 5 calls to players who did not make a team. “I wanted to see some form from a guys in a U.S. and over in Asia, wanted to see guys play a small bit and play well. And that enclosed me.”

But really, how could Woods have not taken himself? He won a Masters in Apr and seemed to be a close to make a group as one of a tip 8 in a points race. But a painful, gloomy summer caused by a crippled left knee forsaken him in a standings – he finished 13th. But Woods became an apparent preference when a No. 7-ranked actor in a Official World Golf Rankings won his record-tying 82nd PGA Tour pretension during a Zozo Championship in October.

“As a player, we got a captain’s attention,” he pronounced that day.

“For me, a Zozo was a large event,” he pronounced Thursday. “It certified that we could play and we could assistance a team.”

One regard he had about picking himself was his ability to transport overseas, generally after his knee surgery. But a knee responded good in Japan and gave Woods “confidence that it will reason adult in a prolonged run down in Australia.”

The 4 picks will join Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar when a U.S. meets a Internationals Dec. 12-15 during Royal Melbourne.

Internationals captain Ernie Els used his four picks Wednesday on Jason Day, Adam Hadwin, Sungjae Im and Joaquin Niemann. They join Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Leishman, Abraham Ancer, Haotong Li, Cameron Smith and C.T. Pan.

The U.S. leads a array 10-1-1.

Woods, 43, will be personification in his ninth Presidents Cup and initial given 2013. Woods, who also was a clamp captain in 2017, has an altogether record of 24-15-1 in a Presidents Cup, including 6-2 in singles action.

Woodland, 35, is ranked No. 16 in a universe and finished 10th in a Presidents Cup standings. He will be creation his initial entrance for a U.S. in group competition. He hold off Koepka to win a U.S. Open during Pebble Beach by 3 strokes. He’s won 4 PGA Tour titles and, following a bit of a peace after withdrawal Pebble Beach, he returned to form in Asia with a tie for third in a CJ Cup during Nine Bridges and a fifth-place display personification alongside Woods a final 36 holes during a Zozo Championship.

“What he displayed this year during Pebble Beach when he won a U.S. Open was flattering special,” Woods said. “He’s such a competitor. All a players wanted him on a team”

Ernie Els and Tiger Woods are a captains for a 2019 President’s Cup in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Finau, 30, is ranked No. 14 in a universe and finished ninth in a standings. He will be creation his entrance in a Presidents Cup. In his entrance in final year’s Ryder Cup, he was one of a few splendid spots for a U.S., going 2-1-0. He has only one PGA Tour pretension – entrance in an opposite-field eventuality in 2016. But he has 5 top-10s in his final 8 starts in a major.

“He’s been around, he gets it,” Woods pronounced about Finau’s entrance in a Ryder Cup. “He’s a good team, altogether such a good guy. He can play both (team) formats.”

Reed, 29, is ranked No. 15 in a universe and finished 12th in a standings. Among his 7 PGA Tour titles is a 2017 Masters; his many new feat came in a Northern Trust in Aug during a FedExCup Playoffs. He’ll be creation his third entrance in a Presidents Cup and sports an altogether record of 4-3-2.

Reed also has played a Ryder Cup 3 times, posting a 7-3-2 record and being undefeated in singles. But after Europe thrashed a U.S. in 2018, Reed had oppressive difference for captain Jim Furyk and Jordan Spieth, who he teamed with so good in 2014 and 2016. His difference lighted a charge that brought into doubt if Reed would ever be a captain’s pick. Woods answered that question.

“He has an amazingly plain record in a Presidents Cup and a Ryder Cup,” Woods said. “He’s as burning as they come. He bleeds red, white and blue and will do anything to win a point, and that’s what we want, we wish to win points.”

The golf bag belonging to Tiger Woods as seen during a Presidents Cup media event on Dec 5, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Left off a group was Rickie Fowler, 30. He’s ranked No. 21 in a universe and finished 11th in a points race. The five-time PGA Tour leader has played on each U.S. group given a 2014 Ryder Cup; he also played in a 2010 Ryder Cup.

“That was a tough call to make,” Woods said. “He’s a crony of mine. We kept it short. There was no need for a prolonged call. I’ve been on both sides. we haven’t been picked. we get it. He’s apparently going to harm not being there.”

Also not creation a group was Phil Mickelson, 49, who has played in each Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup given 1994, a conspicuous 24 uninterrupted appearances. But Mickelson, who won progressing this year in a ATT Pebble Beach Pro Am, hasn’t had a tip 25 given a Masters. Last week, he fell out of a tip 50 in a Official World Golf Rankings for a initial time given Nov 1993, finale an unusual strain of 1,353 uninterrupted weeks.

“We’re going to have a flattering plain group going down there,” Woods said. “We’re personification on unfamiliar soil, a crowds are going to be loud, though the guys are burning and they adore that arena.”

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