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Captain becomes player as Woods picks himself

10 November 2019

Some of the lustre came off Captain America at last year's Ryder Cup where he questioned the pairings, his teammates, and made it sound like he was stuck playing with his idol Woods.

Since returning in early 2018 from a fourth operation on his back, Woods has won three tournaments, including his 15th major at the Masters in April.

The decision was hardly a surprise. Woods said it was that trip - not just the victory, but the travel - that convinced him he was fully healed from minor knee surgery in August and capable of contributing in Australia.

In an interesting situation, Tiger Woods of Cypress, CA picked himself on Thursday for the 2019 Presidents Cup, which will take place from December 12-15, 2019. He also named Tony Finau, Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed to the USA's 12-man team.

"It means so much to me to be a part of this team and I'm going to do everything I can to help the US bring home the Presidents Cup", Reed said.

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"I have a lot of good friends who are Australian and play out here and because of that I look forward to it and getting those crowds riled up, that's kind of what I like to do".

And still to be determined is whether PGA champion Brooks Koepka, the No. 1 player in the world, will be ready to go. He also left open the option of adding an assistant captain now that he'll be playing. "It's going to be hard, but I also have three remarkable assistants in Fred (Couples), Stricks (Steve Stricker) and Zach (Johnson)". Woods said he plans to consult the players and have the captain's picks be more like team picks.

"Freddie was pretty ardent", Woods said.

"At the time, I haven't even swung a club", Woods said.

"It's just golf, you have your highs and lows, and when you're in your lows, champions figure out a way to get out of it and bounce right back up". Two players not selected on the global team were Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand and Justin Harding of South Africa.

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The rest of the United States team is Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson. Ernie Els filled out his global team on Wednesday and has six newcomers.

Royal Melbourne is where the global team had its only victory in 1998.

"To be in a position to go out and get a decide on, specially from captain Woods, was astounding".

Woods announced Finau as his first at-large pick.

Woods will serve as player and captain for U.S. in Melbourne after revealing his four selections on Thursday. "He's made. nine Cups and he's played in Australia twice in the Presidents Cup, so this will be his third appearance as a player".

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Reed being split from Spieth was one of the big talking points of last year's Ryder Cup, after they were so successful in previous years, but the 29-year-old is sure he will find his touch again.

Captain becomes player as Woods picks himself