Presidents Cup: Meet Tiger Woods and Team USA

Presidents Cup: Meet Tiger Woods and Team USA

Tiger Woods picked Tiger Woods to play on the US Presidents Cup team on a live selection show Thursday night and the way he broke down the pick was pretty great.

Tiger Woods will play in Australia next month.

Finau and Woodland received Captain's picks from Woods.

"It's weird talking about yourself in the third person", the 15-time major champion said after reeling off a little of his bio to the media conference.

Woods also selected Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and Gary Woodland.

"That's why I went for these four guys who are very consistent and strong under pressure".

Woods, the first playing captain at the Presidents Cup since Hale Irwin in 1994, acknowledged that his "dual roles" is going to be tough, but that he did not want to pass up the opportunity to lead the side.

Rickie Fowler was the unlucky omission with the powerful American team featuring seven players from the world's top 10, with World No.22 Matt Kuchar the lowest-ranked player in the 12-man outfit.

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Els confirmed his four captain's picks for the December 12-15 showdown at Royal Melbourne: former world No.1 Jason Day, Korean Sungjae Im, Chile's Joaqin Niemann and Canadian Adam Hadwin. He also left open the option of adding an assistant captain now that he'll be playing.

"To me the Zozo Championship was a big event and validated that I could still play", he said on Friday.

Day will play his fifth Presidents Cup and hope to improve on a losing record of five wins, 11 defeats and four halved matches over his career.

He stopped short of that same assessment of Patrick Reed, the world No.15, but said he, too, was an easy teammate to call on given his "all-in" style of play in team events.

Woods said he didn't know if it would be his final time playing in Australia, but logic suggests there won't be many more opportunities for his legion of Aussie fans.

The 32-year-old can now check it off his list after worldwide captain Ernie Els named him one of four captain's picks on Wednesday night.

The Americans boast world No.1 and four-time major victor Brooks Koepka, along with fellow top-10 players Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau plus Webb Simpson (ranked 11) and Matt Kuchar (22).

"There's always that chance, but let's just focus on coming to Royal Melbourne and this competition", he said.

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