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Good preparation vital for Presidents Cup success, say Tiger

08 December 2018

Asked if he would push his players towards the Australian Open (as captain Fred Couples did in 2011 when the Presidents Cup was at Royal Melbourne), he said: "I hope they play at the Hero World Challenge".

The 42-year-old has already expressed his disquiet about his own World Challenge tournament being scheduled for the week before the December 12-15 clash, against an worldwide team of players from the rest of the world, excluding Europe.

Tiger Woods poses next to the Presidents Cup trophy in Australia where the event will be held.

USA captain Tiger Woods will have discussions with golf officials in Melbourne on how to best prepare his team for the 2019 Presidents Cup next December at Royal Melbourne.

"We'll see what happens as we have to figure some of the logistical things between now and then and that's one of the reasons I'm here", said Woods.

But Woods, who will captain the American team at Royal Melbourne, will be encouraging his players to skip the Australian Open.

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Woods can qualify automatically for the USA team if he finishes among the top eight points-earners following the playoffs. We've got a few meetings here scheduled later today, and try and get a better plan going forward so that we can get the best field we can at the Hero, as well as getting everyone here from the Bahamas to this tournament, get them rested, getting them prepared and getting them ready to play and compete.

"It was late in the year and we didn't have the wrap-around schedule that we have now", the 42-year-old said.

"The guys took quite a bit of time off, and quite frankly, we weren't prepared to play, and we got smoked", he recalled.

"I wanted to see if they've changed any of the holes". That's what we learned in '98, the guys weren't competitive, they had shut it down.

In fact, there is a suggestion the Bahamas tournament will be shifted forward by a day to give the players more time to make the trip to Melbourne. "Trying to get guys to stay sharp when it's their break time is going to be the challenge".

Woods was slated to be a vice captain for Ryder Cup but eventually focused his efforts on playing, after he was named one of Jim Furyk's wildcard picks for the matches in Paris. He shares the record of 24 wins with Phil Mickelson and had a 2-3 record in 1998 and again in 2011 at Royal Melbourne.

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"I'm part of the team either way", Woods told reporters Wednesday during a news conference to promote the event.

"After the TOUR Championship, we'll have our top eight guys, and hopefully I'll be part of the top eight". "My job (as US captain) is to make sure the guys are still playing and prepared".

But he said the early preparation for being a vice-captain would bode well for his potential dual role in Melbourne.

"That was one of the most special moments I've had as a player in my entire career", Woods said.

"I'm going to have to defer a lot of information to my vice captains and get a lot of their opinions and also my team, whether or not I can play and do both roles". "It's very tough. It's tricky", Woods said.

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Good preparation vital for Presidents Cup success, say Tiger