Tiger Trying To Play His Way Onto Presidents Cup Team He Can't Actually Make This Week

Ok so now we know he’s more of the Fred Couples, laissez faire, positive figurehead Captain than say, the Azinger details guy. But hey, he’s Tiger Woods and the Presidents Cup is not until December.

Mathmatically eliminated from making the 2019 team on points—even with a win this week—Captain Woods talked about trying to play his way on via the BMW Championship.

“I’m trying like hell to make the team on my own. To just be part of the core group of guys. Obviously, I have some work to do. I gotta play well this week to make that happen. But if not, it’s going to come down to the top eight guys, myself and my vice captains for who are the next four slots. Whether that’s me and three other guys, or it’s four other guys, either way, I’m going to Australia, whether I’ll be playing or not.”

He has until October to make the four captain’s picks, which will have to include picking himself if he plans to be the first playing captain since Hale Irwin.

Prospective 2019 Presidents Cup Team Gathers; Spieth Absent But For Some Reason Billy Horschel Is There

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There is absolutely nothing to read whatsoever into this gathering of possible 2019 Presidents Cup team members convening in advance of the Northern Trust, except that Patrick Reed missed the memo on wearing a scripted Nike outfit and, I suppose, the absence of Jordan Spieth (29th in points). It’s hard to picture a team without Spieth given what a huge role he’s played on recent Cup squads.

Meanwhile Billy Horschel, 18th in points with one career major championship top 10, 10 missed cuts in 25 majors and a 0-0-0 record in the Ryder and Presidents Cup, must have been walking by and was invited in?

Tiger’s Tweet:

Els Names Four More Cart Drivers, Looks To Analytics For Pairings

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Even though it’s in December, never too early to start fitting K.J. Choi, Mike Weir and Trevor Immelman for their Presidents Cup Club Car’s to tootle around Royal Melbourne. They join Geoff Ogilvy as captain Ernie Els’ assistant captains.

But Els said when naming them that he’s going to join the analytics wave, reports Dan Kilbridge:

“I’ve seen what other captains have done in the past,” Els said. “In this instance, I really wanted to try and start a new thinking process around the pairing system. I’m using a lot of data, a lot of science into what we’re going to be doing in December in Australia, and I wanted to get guys who have played a lot of Presidents Cups like myself.”

I believe the science has found that the International team has not won since 1998.

Presidents Cup A Year Out: Els Expects Tiger To Be A Playing Captain, Creates Team Logo, Ogilvy Gets Keys To A Club Car, Scott Assured A Spot

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A year out from the Presidents Cup there is no reason to be interested in the biennial event except that a return to Royal Melbourne and Australia makes it a top event on the calendar. Couple that with Tiger Woods and Ernie Els captaining and it should get golf geek pulses up around late next September.

But…the ISPS Handa World Cup just finished at Metropolitan where Els appeared to promote next year’s matches.

His unveiling of a team logo is meant to help bring the Internationals closer together and to prevent the rest of us from having to look at the team wearing Cup-logoed gear. Attractive maybe, comprehendible it is not (see above).

“It’s a special group of guys from all over the world that make up the Presidents Cup International Team,” Els said. “Being from across the globe, we don’t all play for the same flag. This special group of people needed something to identify with. To lift the spirit of the team, we felt like we needed a logo for ourselves.”

The Els announcement of Geoff Ogilvy as a vice captain was welcome news given that he now lives on the host course and played in the 2011 Presidents Cup. An AP story on Ogilvy’s naming.

As was the intriguing prediction by Els that he expects Tiger to be a playing captain. Judging by how his audio gear seemed to annoy at The Match, don’t count on Woods to be wearing an IFB while playing Royal Melbourne.

Evin Priest with the story on Els’ prediction for next year and an assurance that Adam Scott will be on the team.

"[Scott] is going to be on the team, no doubt about that," Els said.

Ok, we’re down to eleven spots. That’s news!

Five Key Reasons We Have To Know About The 2019 Presidents Cup Captains This Week

Nothing says remembering The King like...a Presidents Cup press conference.

As the Arnold Palmer Invitational kicks off, news of a Tiger Woods-Ernie Els Presidents Cup announcement Tuesday prompts questions, and I, have answers for why this news is getting released this week instead of a time when the resurgence of legends and a return to Arnold Palmer's event is a national focus.

Turns out there are five reasons for this ill-timed announcement:

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5. Remind those who, eh-em, paid their way to the 2017 Presidents Cup and acted all patriotic for Team USA and Team International, that you've got Melbourne plans to make for next year. Travel agents are standing by. Remember your discount code: FANATICS.

4. Force golf media members to answer questions from friends suddenly interested in golf again who are asking, "what is the Presidents Cup and is it a big deal that Tiger is going to serve as Captain?"

3. The Arnold Palmer Invitational just doesn't have enough storylines, and the legacy of Arnold Palmer is not enough to celebrate without co-opting the return here by sharing news of an exhibition over 18 months away.

2. Force serious golf fans to answer questions from friends suddenly interested in golf again who are asking, "what is the Presidents Cup and is it a big deal that Tiger is going to serve as Captain?"

1. Establish supreme PGA Tour tone-deafness when it comes to having a finger on the pulse of the sporting public as Tiger's resurgence heading into The Masters gets sidetracked by a Presidents Cup press conference.