Cape Town - Internationals captain Ernie Els is
expecting Tiger Woods to both play for and captain the US Presidents Cup
team when the two sides meet at Royal Melbourne next year.
Woods was one of Steve Stricker's non-playing assistants at the 2017
edition of the Presidents Cup, but has since returned to the PGA Tour
fold as a player, winning the Tour Championship in Atlanta to rise to
13th in the world rankings.
Woods' recovery from spinal fusion surgery has been nothing short of
remarkable, and Els now expects Woods to bring his clubs along for the
next Presidents Cup.
"I think so, I think the way he's playing, the way he ended last
year, I mean he's up to 13th in the world," Els told reporters in
Australia over the weekend.
"I'm not sure what kind of points system they use for their selection
but the way he's going he looks like he's going to be in contention a
lot this year.
"Obviously, Augusta's a big one and I think at the majors they win
double (ranking) points or something, so I think there's a good chance
he could be in the team.
"It's not unheard of."
Woods would be only the second playing captain in the 12 editions of
the biennial tournament, after Hale Irwin did it in a victorious effort
for the United States in Virginia in 1994.
"I know things have changed a little bit but we (captains) also have a
lot more help than the guys did back in 1994. There's a lot more
assistant captains and so forth," added Els.
Els also named Australian player Geoff Ogilvy as one of his assistants on Sunday.
The Internationals will be hoping to pull off a rare victory in
Melbourne next year. They have won only one previous Presidents Cup -
which also took place at Royal Melbourne - in 1998, when Peter Thomson's
team defeated Jack Nicklaus's United States 20.5 to 11.5.