After years of battling back issues, Woods looked close to his old dominant self on Sunday when he finished runner-up to Englishman Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship. And barring any format changes, the only drama next December will be whether Woods becomes the first playing captain since Hale Irwin in 1994.
While Woods may have his sights set on playing in this year's Ryder Cup in France, he will serve a different role on the 2019 Presidents Cup team.
An official announcement is expected on Tuesday.
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The Associated Press is reporting that the former world No.1 - who yesterday came up one shot short in his bid to win a first PGA Tour title since 2013 - will be named the American skipper for the 2019 Presidents Cup match. They'd lost by three or more points for the fifth time in six contests - that's a blowout in team events - and there appeared no clear end to their misery.
The President's Cup has been famously one-sided since its inception in 1994, with the worldwide team winning just once - at Royal Melbourne in 1998.
Many golf observers think that the Presidents Cup, unlike its biennial big brother, the Ryder Cup, needs an adrenalin infusion.
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Captains alone will not change the outcome, a position that former global captains Greg Norman and Nick Price have expressed. With the score tied at 17-17 after all the matches had been played, Tiger and Els were chosen to represent their respective teams in a playoff. And to put 10 guys out is hard. The late Arnold Palmer was the most recent player-captain in the Ryder Cup, in 1963, when he went 4-2-0 in a 23-9 American victory at East Lake in Atlanta. Ernie Els will captain the worldwide team according to the reports.
"There's got to be a two-way street; we just want to be treated fairly".
"I keep getting just a little bit better and a little bit sharper", Woods said, per CNN. He's reached out in those team rooms and really been a big part of helping the younger players and being alongside of them and then also helping the captain with some hard tasks and asks and X's and O's.
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