Ernie Els and Tiger Woods Named as Captains for 2019 Presidents Cup


Ernie Els and Tiger Woods will go head-to-head once again.

Only this time it will be as captains of the International and U.S. teams in the 2019 Presidents Cup that will be played at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

The two men bring a lot of experience to the event. Both Els and Woods have played in the Presidents Cup eight times, including the 2003 competition staged in South Africa, where the two rivals battled in a dramatic sudden-death playoff to break a tie. The tie held and the teams shared the Cup when Els and Woods were still deadlocked as darkness fell.

In addition, both men served as assistant captains for their respective teams at the 2017 Presidents Cup.

“The Presidents Cup has provided me with many of the best memories of my career,” Els said at PGATOUR.COM.

“To be named captain of the team is an incredible honor. There is a fun and talented group of young players emerging from all across the globe for the International Team, and I am eager to accept the responsibility of building a winner when we face the United States at one of my favorite courses and cities in the world at Royal Melbourne. 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.”

“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,” Woods said.

“The core group of players on the U.S. Team have a lot of talent, enthusiasm and great team camaraderie. They are easy-going and fun to be around off the course, but extremely competitive inside the ropes. I have no doubt that Ernie will have the International Team ready to go in Melbourne, and I cannot think of a more fitting captain to carry the tradition of goodwill through competition than Ernie Els. The Sandbelt courses of Australia are some of my favorite in the world, and I’m looking forward to seeing Royal Melbourne again.”

The 2019 Presidents Cup will be played December 9 through 15, 2019. It will be the third time for Royal Melbourne to host the matches.

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Neil Sagebiel

Neil Sagebiel is a golf writer and author of two golf books published by St. Martin's Press, THE LONGEST SHOT and DRAW IN THE DUNES. He lives in Floyd, Virginia.

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