Tiger Woods set for 'eye-opening' captain's role at Presidents Cup

Woods and Reed were beaten in both sessions they played together in Paris

Woods and Reed were beaten in both sessions they played together in Paris

Woods, who claimed his 15th major title at the Masters in April and won his 82nd US PGA Tour title at the Zozo Championship in Japan two weeks ago, named himself among four captain's picks for the 12-man team on Thursday, along with US Open champion Gary Woodland, former Masters champion Patrick Reed and world number 14 Tony Finau.

The 15-time major champion will be assisted in Australia by his old playing partner Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Fred Couples. "I feel like I've played some solid golf".

The People will get on an Intercontinental staff that involves players from nearly everywhere in the planet other than Europe in Melbourne, Australia, Dec. 12-15.

Woods said his assistants had offered plenty of advice on whether to choose himself to play. Reed rubbed salt into the wounds with a now infamous New York Times interview in which he lashed out at team mate Jordan Spieth for not wanting to pair with him in Paris and said Woods had apologised to him for playing poorly.

"Freddie was pretty ardent", Woods said. I was very pleased to get that phone call.

"I had dual roles", Woods said.

Everyone is required to play in at least one match ahead of the Sunday singles, meaning Woods only has to play twice.

Woods, who has played in eight Ryder Cups between 1997 and 2018, was vice-captain for the Presidents Cup team at Liberty National in 2017 and for Davis Love's Ryder Cup side at Hazeltine in 2016 when he was struggling with his long-term back injury. Reed has never been known to possess much of a filter but his takedown of the USA performance drew condemnation from a slew of former players and pundits. The other golfers on the worldwide team are Adam Hadwin of Canada, Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, Abraham Ancer of Mexico, Haotong Li of China, Cheng-tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei, Sung-jae Im of South Korea and Joaquin Niemann of Chile. Will it cost him a spot in the Presidents Cup?

The top eight American golfers who were already selected prior to Woods's selections were PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka of West Palm Beach, FL; Justin Thomas of Louisville, KY; Dustin Johnson of Columbia, SC; Patrick Cantlay of Long Beach, CA; Xander Schauffele of San Diego, CA; Webb Simpson of Raleigh, NC; Matt Kuchar of Winter Park, FL and Bryson DeChambeau of Modesto, CA.

Royal Melbourne is where the worldwide team had its only victory in 1998.

Day's selection makes it four Australians in the 12-player team as he joins the already-qualified Cameron Smith, making his first appearance, plus seasoned compatriots Marc Leishman and Adam Scott.

"To be able to go out and get a pick, especially from captain Woods, was awesome. And I catch it gripping talking in the third person".

Woods announced Finau as his first at-large pick.

Even more interesting will be his week in Australia - at times in a cart, at times standing over a key putt, all the while thinking about pairings and what it takes to win.

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