Tiger Woods To Serve As Captain For Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods To Serve As Captain For Presidents Cup

The golfing superstar, who just 15 months ago was ranked outside the world's top 1000, also shot up the rankings to 149 from 388 on Monday (Tuesday NZ time).

Tiger Woods found some form at last weekend's Valspar Championship. Ernie Els will be named the captain of the Internationals team, according to the report.

Woods hasn't won a major since the 2008 US Open, but Neds now have the resurgent 42-year-old as second favourite to don the green jacked for the fifth time.

According to the AP report, Woods will lead the United States into battle against an worldwide side captained by Ernie Els. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the captain selections have not been announced.

Whilst Els might be a logical choice to be the next global team captain, Woods' anticipated appointment comes as more of a surprise, not least because he will be only 43 by the time the match takes place in Melbourne next year.

Woods has been heavily involved in team event while not playing in recent years because of back injuries.

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The Internationals team have tasted Presidents Cup victory just once - at Royal Melbourne in 1998 - and last year's 19-11 thumping in NY was their seventh straight defeat.

A phone message left by Morning Read with a PGA Tour official who has responsibility for administering the biennial Presidents Cup was not returned.

Tiger Woods will guide the US efforts in Melbourne at next year's Presidents Cup. It would give the underdog Internationals a better chance for their first victory since 1998.

Els was the logical choice to be the next global captain, following three stints by Nick Price. Woods had two birdies and one bogey on the day.

"The Presidents Cup is owned by the PGA Tour, but we have to be more in control", Els said. The last time he and Els went head-to-head in Presidents Cup action was in 2003 in South Africa when the two were picked for a sudden-death playoff. After three holes, most of it in near-darkness, the match was declared a tie, the only one in the event's history. Els had to make from 6 feet to match him. Els said it was the first time he felt his legs shake over a putt.