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Woods, Els confirmed as 2019 Presidents Cup captains

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Kristopher Love | 14 March, 2018, 00:02

Tiger Woods will reportedly serve as the US team's captain for the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia in 2019 and it is expected that he'll be introduced on Tuesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, according to Alex Miceli of Morning Read.

The 13th edition of the event will be held December 9-15, 2019, when it returns to the prestigious Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

"The Presidents Cup has provided me with numerous best memories of my career", Els said in a statement.

Two people involved in the Presidents Cup tell The Associated Press that Woods and Els have agreed to be captains for the 2019 matches in Melbourne.

Woods, who was an assistant captain last year when sidelined with back problems and will fill a similar position this year when the U.S. take on Europe in the Ryder Cup in France, could find himself filling the role of playing the captain in Australia. The same could soon be said for the 2019 Presidents Cup, albeit without "assistant" in the title.

"I'm proud to follow in the footsteps of past captains like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Ken Venturi, Fred Couples, Jay Haas and Steve Stricker". Ernie Els will captain the worldwide team according to the reports. "The core group of players on the US Team have a lot of talent, enthusiasm and great team camaraderie". "Tiger and I have had some great duels in the past, and I look forward to the challenge of going against my longtime friend yet again in 2019". That's more than any other player. One person with knowledge of the decision said Woods reached out to the PGA Tour about his interest in being the next captain. He was an assistant to Steve Stricker in the Presidents Cup last year and he already has agreed to be a vice-captain at this year's Ryder Cup in France for the second straight time. The U.S. won 19-11 at Liberty National in New Jersey a year ago, boosting its overall record to 10-1-1.

They also have battled plenty in tournaments. Each player shall play a minimum of one match prior to the final-round singles matches.