Although this time, will probably be as captains.
Reviews surfaced Monday that Woods and Els will captain the U.S. and Worldwide Presidents Cup groups, respectively, for the Dec. 12-15 matches at Royal Melbourne in Australia. On Tuesday at Bay Hill, the place each will tee it up this week within the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the information was confirmed.
“Right here I’m because the captain of the 2019 Presidents Cup, and it’s so thrilling to be part of it,” Woods mentioned. “I’ve been part of eight occasions as a participant, one time as a vice captain, and to have performed it in Canada, to play it in South Africa, Australia twice, it’s been lots of enjoyable to have the ability to transfer this cup in every single place.”
“It’s clearly a terrific honor,” Els mentioned. “It’s going to be actually thrilling and I do know it’s a great distance away, however I’m actually trying ahead to this. It’s actually form of a dream job so to talk for me.”
Whereas Els receiving the captaincy for the Internationals got here as little shock, Woods being named captain wasn’t anticipated this quickly. Woods, who has twice served as a Cup vice captain (2016 Ryder Cup, 2017 Presidents Cup), mentioned he mentioned the concept with previous Cup captains like Davis Love III and Steve Stricker, after which ran it by PGA Tour commissioner.
“It happened simply by a gaggle textual content with Davis, Freddie (Couples), Jim (Furyk) and Steve and who we thought could be the following captain and so they mentioned that you’d most likely be on the quick checklist,” Woods mentioned. “And I didn’t actually give it some thought in that method. However then after a bit little bit of thought I mentioned, ‘you recognize what, that seems like one thing I actually wish to do.’
“I referred to as (PGA Tour Commissioner) Jay (Monahan) up mentioned, ‘hey Jay, would possibly you be excited by me being the captain for the 2019 Presidents Cup group?’ Silence. After which he mentioned, ‘yeah, I believe that may, we would be capable to work that out.’ So right here I’m.”
After all, Woods made positive he may nonetheless play at Royal Melbourne if certified. If that occurs, Woods could be simply the second taking part in captain within the occasion’s historical past. Hale Irwin went 2-1 in a 20-12 victory within the inaugural Presidents Cup in 1994.
“I simply puzzled if that was a chance and (Monahan) mentioned that there’s nothing within the bylaws that say that I can’t do it,” Woods mentioned. “But when it does come to that time, it gained’t simply be simply my resolution, will probably be a collaborative effort, what’s greatest for the group.”
Els, who holds the course report (60) and has gained thrice at Royal Melbourne, made one factor clear.
“I gained’t be taking part in,” mentioned Els, who’s Three-Four in opposition to Woods all-time within the Presidents Cup, although they’ve performed simply as soon as in singles.
Again in 2003 at Fancourt, Woods had completed beating Els, Four and three, in singles, however the total competitors was tied, 17-17, on the finish of regulation. On the time, the tiebreaking process was for a sudden-death playoff involving one member from every group, two names that had beforehand been positioned in an envelope.
U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus pulled out Woods’ identify. Worldwide captain Gary Participant matched with Els.
After offsetting pars on the primary playoff gap, Els sank a 12-footer for par to increase the match on the second. After Woods holed a 15-footer for par on the third additional gap, Els, in entrance of the hometown followers, matched from 6 toes.
With daylight fading, Nicklaus and Participant, within the spirit of the sport, agreed to Share the Cup, a transfer that prompted the removing of such a playoff for future Presidents Cups. A lot to the gamers’ delight, too.
“That was truly probably the most nerve-wracking moments I’ve ever had in golf,” Woods mentioned again then. “… You let everybody down with one putt. That’s lots of strain.”
Els, who was relieved on the time to listen to that Woods was nervous, echoed Woods’ statements.
“It’s unbelievable strain,” Els mentioned. “Most likely the primary I’ve ever felt my legs shaking a bit bit.”
On Tuesday, Woods elaborated on that feeling.
“We couldn’t imagine the quantity of strain we felt and we each had gained main championships, however nothing felt like that,” Woods mentioned.