Tiger Woods picks himself to play at Presidents Cup

Watch Tiger Woods make his Presidents Cup captain's picks	
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Watch Tiger Woods make his Presidents Cup captain's picks Scott Barbour Getty Images

United States captain Tiger Woods will play at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne next month.

U.S. Presidents Cup captain Tiger Woods ended months of speculation on Thursday night when he chose himself as one of his four captain's picks, along with Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed and Tony Finau.

The tournament will take place at Royal Melbourne from December 9 to 15.

World number 44 Hadwin made his Presidents Cup debut in 2017 where he finished with two defeats and halved one of his matches. 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.

Els also named former world No. 1 Jason Day to the team.

Woods did not say what kind of contingency plan he had if Koepka couldn't make it.

To be fair, it was a depleted worldwide squad; Greg Norman (illness), Ernie Els (other tournament), Jumbo Ozaki (other tournament) and Tommy Nakajima (other tournament), all qualifiers for the global team, didn't play. But as a captain he also can take his energy and wisdom and skills and apply it and hopefully draw the best out of his players. "It's going to be hard, but I also have three fantastic assistants in Fred (Couples), Stricks (Steve Stricker) and Zach (Johnson)".

However, the South African said he was confident his debutants would be ready for the challenge at the Dec 12-15 event, which pits an global team representing the rest of the world minus Europe against the Americans. "'You're on the team, quit being stupid.' At the time, I haven't even swung a club", Woods said. "I got back to him after Japan".

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"But I just have to play one match (minimum) before singles.so it's about me getting an understanding of the guys and an understanding of the course. for all of us to see how it fits".

The players who previously qualified automatically for the USA team included Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay.

The 32-year-old can now check it off his list after global captain Ernie Els named him one of four captain's picks on Wednesday night.

The Internationals have won only once in the event's 25-year history - in Melbourne in 1998, captained by the late Peter Thomson.

"As captain, I'm going to choose Tiger Woods as the last player on the team", he said.

He finished ninth in the US standings for the Presidents Cup at the cutoff point, the BMW Championship in August, when eight players became automatic qualifiers: Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Bryson DeChambeau.

"It's weird talking about yourself in the third person", the 15-time major champion said after reeling off a little of his bio to the media conference.

"I do think he's going to pick himself".

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