The 14-time major winner will captain the US team and South African Ernie Els will captain the International side when the event is played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club late next year.
“It’s a tremendous honour. I’ve played this event eight times as a player and I was a vice captain last year with Steve [Stricker],” Woods told Melbourne sports radio station 1116 SEN on Wednesday morning in a rare interview with Australian sports media.
“I’m excited about getting down there because it is a sports mad city, everyone loves their sport and they’ve really supported the Presidents Cup the last two times [in 1998 and 2011] I’ve played there as a player as well.”
“I’ve gotten numerous texts from a bunch of my friends out here on Tour congratulating me but also would like to be a part of the team.”
Els and Woods were central to arguably the most famous moment in Presidents Cup history when they faced off in a playoff to decide the 2003 Presidents Cup in South Africa which ultimately ended in the event being declared a tie in fading daylight.
LISTEN | Golfing legend Tiger Woods joined Garry and Tim to discuss his appointment as US captain for the 2019 @PresidentsCup at Royal Melbourne, and his comeback to the sport.https://t.co/38kjSAqv7R pic.twitter.com/jsIDLGdWdn— Garry and Tim (@SENBreakfast) March 13, 2018
Woods’ runner-up finish at last week’s Valspar Championship in Florida has sparked expectation for many that he won’t just be a captain for the 2019 Presidents Cup but a valuable competitor and follow in the footsteps of countryman Hale Irwin who captained and played in the event's inaugural staging in 1994.
The 42-year-old told 1116 SEN that he's had to learn to hit the golf ball differently after undergoing a fourth back surgery last year.
"I can't create the same angle I used to, I can't hit the same shots that I used to the way I used to do it. My back being fused, I just rotate like that so I'm having to find different ways to hit golf shots."
"It's been a tough challenge but I'm starting to see the fruits of my labour."
"It's just a matter of time before I put it all together."
The 42-year-old is in the field at this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida and said he won’t turn his attention to next month’s US Masters until after this week’s event where he is seeking an incredible ninth victory at the famous Bay Hill layout.
WOODS ON MELBOURNE RADIO STATION 1116 SEN
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