Els & Woods headed to Melbourne as Presidents Cup captains

Els & Woods headed to Melbourne as Presidents Cup captains

Els & Woods headed to Melbourne as Presidents Cup captains

"Ernie Els and Tiger Woods have each been part of the fabric of the Presidents Cup as competitors and as ambassadors to the event", said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan.

In addition to the announcement of the two captains, officials also unveiled minor changes to format requirements and eligibility for the 2019 Presidents Cup.

Els will take over the worldwide lead reins from Zimbabwean Nick Price.

The Presidents Cup is a biennial contest that has been played since 1994, with Team USA winning ten of the previous 12 contents. He was an assistant to Steve Stricker in the Presidents Cup past year, and he already has agreed to be a vice captain at the Ryder Cup this fall in France for the second straight time.

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Woods, who is on the comeback trail after missing most of the past two years through injury, has holed the winning putt in the Presidents Cup on no fewer than three occasions.

Woods and Els will make their Presidents Cup captain debuts in Melbourne and whilst the pair will be rookies in the role, they will be the most experienced captains in Presidents Cup history. Both Woods and Els served as captain's assistants for their respective teams in 2017.

Woods has been named by Jim Furyk as a 2018 USA Ryder Cup vice-captain along with Stricker and Davis Love 111. Els has been runner-up to Woods seven times, more than any other player.

They also have battled plenty in tournaments.

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Four-time major victor Els has finished runner-up to Woods seven times, including twice in the majors.

Off the course, Els is the player Woods sought out in the 1996 British Open when he was trying to decide whether to turn pro. The same could soon be said for the 2019 Presidents Cup, albeit without "assistant" in the title. I've competed in it eight times and its a dream job for me.

There has never been a playing captain in Presidents Cup history for the U.S. The last playing captain in Ryder Cup history was Arnold Palmer in the 1963 match at Atlanta Athletic Club.

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