Els, a four-time major victor, takes over from Nick Price who has guided the Internationals at the last three Presidents Cups, including previous year when the United States romped to a 19-11 victory on home soil at Liberty National in New Jersey. The International team's only victory was in 1998 at Royal Melbourne. He could potentially be a playing captain given how well he's hitting it right now and the fact that he's finished in the top 15 in each of his last two PGA Tour starts. Els had to make from 6 feet to match him.
Four-time major victor Ernie Els.
Whilst Els might be a logical choice to be the next worldwide team captain, Woods' anticipated appointment comes as more of a surprise, not least because he will be only 43 by the time the match takes place in Melbourne next year.
Woods will follow Fred Couples, Jay Haas and Steve Stricker as captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team. The Presidents Cup has been reduced to 30 matches over four days, and the format is not likely to change for the next one. Hale Irwin is the only playing captain in the Presidents Cup, at the inaugural matches in 1994.
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