PRESIDENTS CUP Tiger Woods picks himself to play in Melbourne

US Presidents Cup team captain Tiger Woods has picked himself as part of the 12-man team to take on the Internationals at Royal Melbourne in December.

In addition to himself, Woods named Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Gary Woodland as captain’s picks to the US Presidents Cup team.

As Woods made each of his selection he made a number of comments for each player including himself.

On Tony Finau:
“This will be his first Presidents Cup; he played in the Ryder Cup last year. So he’s been around it, he’s understood it, and what a great team guy and a pleasure and just an overall genuinely nice guy,” Woods said.

“Everyone on this team wants to play with Tony. He can play either format, which is great, so we look forward to having him part of this team.”

On Patrick Reed:
“This is a person that is as fiery as they come and he’s bleeding red, white, and blue and he will do anything to get points for you, and that’s what we want,” Woods said.

“We want points, and he’s a great team guy in there because he knows that when he goes out on that golf course, he’s going to give you absolutely everything he has, and that’s admirable, and the guys are looking forward to embracing him and having him be a part of this team.”

On Gary Woodland:
“What he displayed this year at Pebble Beach in winning the U.S. Open, that was awfully special, and we’ve all known the talent that he has had, and he’s just now figuring it out and putting it together, and we couldn’t have a better, more competitive guy,” Woods said.

“We all know he’s a jock that played basketball, and went with this golf thing, and it turned out all right. Again, another good dude that all the players wanted on the team.”

After choosing the first three players Wood then named himself and wasn’t afraid to talk about himself in the third-person.

On Tiger Woods:
“As captain, I’m going to choose Tiger Woods as the last player on the team,” Woods said.

“He’s made, what, nine Cups and he’s played in Australia twice in the Presidents Cup, so this will be his third appearance as a player.”

“It’s going to be difficult, but also I have three amazing assistants with Fred, Strick and Zach, and that helps a lot, two guys that have won Presidents Cups and one will be a future captain along the line in the near future. Three great minds that will help me when I’m playing.”

International team captain Ernie Els finalised his team yesterday adding Sungjae Im, Jason Day, Adam Hadwin and Joaquín Niemann

Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Xander Scheuffele, Tony Finau, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay, Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed

Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith, Jason Day, Sungjae Im, CT Pan, Abraham Ancer, Louis Oosthuizen, Haotong Li, Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Hadwin, Joaquín Niemann

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