Windermere, Florida – On Tuesday late afternoon at Bayhill, the PGA Tour held a rare late afternoon press conference to announce the new captains of the 2019 Presidents Cup – Tiger Woods for Team USA and Ernie Els for the Internationals.
Now well beyond his prime, nobody doubted that Els would be the logical choice for the Internationals side, but we’re not sure few other than Stricker, Furyk, Davis Love III and Tiger himself saw this one coming. At 42 years old, Woods is the youngest named captain ever.
Both new captains have played eight times in the Presidents Cup and were involved in the 2003 matches that went to a playoff and ended in a tie. The 2019 matches will be Dec.12-15th at Royal Melbourne in Australia.
When asked about how the captaincy came about for Tiger, he said “After some thought, that sounds like something I really want to do. I called Jay up and said, ‘Might you be interested in me possibly being the captain in 2019?’ Silence. then he said, ‘Yeah, we might be able to work that out.’ So here I am.” Woods put up a big smile when asked if he plans on being a playing captain. “I would like to get to a point where I would have to make that decision, get to where I’m playing well enough where I could make the team on points,” Woods said. “But I wouldn’t want to have the conversation and go, ‘Self’. So let’s just see how it progresses.” Hale Irwin was the only captain to take on both roles in 1994.
“It was just a natural progression to one day become a captain,” Woods said.