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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

USA makes early call on Tiger for Presidents Cup


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Newly appointed United States vice-captain Fred Couples has all but confirmed both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be playing when the Presidents Cup comes to Melbourne later this year.

Woods is set to fulfil the rare role of playing-captain, having already been appointed to lead the team at Royal Melbourne in December. Hale Irwin is the only other playing-captain in Presidents Cup history, back in 1994.

At the time of his appointment Woods hadn’t won on the PGA Tour in more than three years, and his playing future was uncertain after spinal fusion surgery. But a successful 2018 season, culminating in victory at The Tour Championship in September, has seen him return to number 13 in the world rankings, having been outside the top 1000 in November 2017.

Tiger Woods

Now Couples has confirmed Mickelson, who won at Pebble Beach this week, and Woods, will likely be teeing it up in Melbourne.

“He'll (Mickelson) be on the team and so will Tiger,” Couples said.

“To have those two be down there in Australia playing will just make our lives so much easier because they're both great, great players.”

The possibility of Woods taking a playing role is reflected in this morning’s announcement of the three vice-captains for the United States team. Couples, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson will fill the posts, with all three having previous leadership experience.

Couples has previously captained the US to three Presidents Cup victories, while Stricker was in charge during their victory in 2017, and Johnson served as an assistant at last year’s Ryder Cup.

“It will add another dimension for all of us to take probably some of the responsibility off of his plate,” Stricker said.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods

“Hopefully, he can delegate some of that, even though I find that he probably would have a hard time delegating some of that away because he's one of those guys that wants to do it and do it right and put his stamp on it.”

Mickelson’s win at Pebble Beach lifted him to sixth in the qualification standings for the US, with the top eight in September automatically making the team, followed by four captain’s picks. Mickelson has played on every American Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup side since 1994.

Woods is currently 20th in the standings, but if his 2018 form continues into this year he’d be expected to be amongst the top eight automatic qualifiers, although Couples’ comments suggest he could rely on a captain’s pick if required, as long as his fitness allows.

Newly appointed United States vice-captain Fred Couples has all but confirmed both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be playing when the Presidents Cup comes to Melbourne later this year.

Woods is set to fulfil the rare role of playing-captain, having already been appointed to lead the team at Royal Melbourne in December. Hale Irwin is the only other playing-captain in Presidents Cup history, back in 1994.

At the time of his appointment Woods hadn’t won on the PGA Tour in more than three years, and his playing future was uncertain after spinal fusion surgery. But a successful 2018 season, culminating in victory at The Tour Championship in September, has seen him return to number 13 in the world rankings, having been outside the top 1000 in November 2017.

Tiger Woods

Now Couples has confirmed Mickelson, who won at Pebble Beach this week, and Woods, will likely be teeing it up in Melbourne.

“He'll (Mickelson) be on the team and so will Tiger,” Couples said.

“To have those two be down there in Australia playing will just make our lives so much easier because they're both great, great players.”

The possibility of Woods taking a playing role is reflected in this morning’s announcement of the three vice-captains for the United States team. Couples, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson will fill the posts, with all three having previous leadership experience.

Couples has previously captained the US to three Presidents Cup victories, while Stricker was in charge during their victory in 2017, and Johnson served as an assistant at last year’s Ryder Cup.

“It will add another dimension for all of us to take probably some of the responsibility off of his plate,” Stricker said.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods

“Hopefully, he can delegate some of that, even though I find that he probably would have a hard time delegating some of that away because he's one of those guys that wants to do it and do it right and put his stamp on it.”

Mickelson’s win at Pebble Beach lifted him to sixth in the qualification standings for the US, with the top eight in September automatically making the team, followed by four captain’s picks. Mickelson has played on every American Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup side since 1994.

Woods is currently 20th in the standings, but if his 2018 form continues into this year he’d be expected to be amongst the top eight automatic qualifiers, although Couples’ comments suggest he could rely on a captain’s pick if required, as long as his fitness allows.

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