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Tiger Woods To Serve As Captain For Presidents Cup

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Domingo Copeland | 14 March, 2018, 00:32

Woods and Els famously dueled at the 2003 Presidents Cup at Fancourt in South Africa over a play-off, tying for three holes before darkness intervened and the match was called, with both teams agreeing to share the cup.

They are expected to be introduced Tuesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational near Orlando, Florida.

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 was the logical choice to be the next global captain, following three stints by Nick Price.

Woods, who is the only player in Presidents Cup history to have holed the winning putt on three occasions, said he was honoured to follow in the footsteps of the greats of the game as USA captain.

It will be Woods first taste of United States of America team captaincy after being a 2016 Hazeltine Ryder Cup vice-captain and also a vice-captain under Stricker at last year's Presidents Cup.

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The Presidents Cup-Ryder Cup captaincy crossover hasn't always been the norm (Fred Couples has captained three Presidents Cups but no Ryder Cups), but the template for global golf has changed.

Woods is no stranger to a leadership role with the American club, taking on assistant responsibilities at the 2016 Ryder Cup and 2017 Presidents Cup.

Els and Woods matched par on the first extra hole.

Woods has finished in the top 15 in each of his last two PGA Tour starts. Els had to make from 6 feet to match him.

Woods referred to it at the time as one of his most nerve-wracking moments. Els has been runner-up to Woods seven times, more than any other player.

In 1998 in Thailand, Woods rallied from an eight-shot deficit in the final round and beating Els in a playoff. I've competed in it eight times and its a dream job for me. However, the historical template has been somewhat upended as Stricker was the captain for the last Presidents Cup team, and he seems to be a likely candidate for the 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy, too.

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