Tiger Woods And Ernie Els Named As Presidents Cup Captains

The pair will captain their respective sides at next year's match at Royal Melbourne

Tiger Woods And Ernie Els

Legendary golfers Tiger Woods and Ernie Els will captain their respective sides at next year's Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods And Ernie Els Named As Presidents Cup Captains

Tiger Woods and Ernie Els have been named as captains for the 2019 Presidents Cup.

The duo were announced as captains at a press conference before this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational.

They have both made eight Presidents Cup appearances and have each been Presidents Cup vice captains.

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Woods said, "This is a huge honour for me. This is something I've always wanted to do, I've always wanted to be a captain, and I'm very fortunate to have been given this opportunity."

Els said, "The Presidents Cup has provided me with many of the best memories of my career. To be named captain of the team is an incredible honour."

Both Woods and Els were involved in one of the biggest moment's in the tournament's history in 2003 at Fancourt Links in South Africa.

The USA and International team halved the match 17-17 so the pair went out for a sudden-death playoff which went on for three holes before darkness.

Captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player agreed to share the cup in a half.


To date, that was the only halved match in the Presidents Cup history.

In 12 matches, the USA has won 10 times, the International team once with one halve.

The match returns to Royal Melbourne next year for the third time.

The classic sandbelt links is considered one of the world's finest golf courses.

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The International side's only ever Presidents Cup victory came at Royal Melbourne in 1998 when Peter Thompson's team beat Jack Nicklaus' USA side 20.5-11.5.

Last year's match at Liberty National, New York ended 17-11 in favour of Steve Stricker's Team USA.

Both men have experience as vice captains, with Woods working under Davis Love III at the 2016 Ryder Cup and Steve Stricker at the 2017 Presidents Cup.

Ernie Els was a vice captain to Nick Price at the 2015 Presidents Cup.

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Tiger Woods was announced as a Vice Captain for this year's Ryder Cup match at Le Golf National in Paris, despite intending to make the team.

He was announced as a Vice Captain along with Steve Stricker by Captain Jim Furyk.

Woods recently finished T2nd at the Valspar Championship and has risen up to 149th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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