Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Good Preparation Vital For President's Cup Success, Says Tiger

Good Preparation Vital For President's Cup Success, Says Tiger

The 42-year-old also hinted that the 2019 Australian Open could be without many big-name USA players due to its clash with the Hero World Challenge, which will be played the week prior to the biennial teams' event next December.

The Presidents Cup is set for December 12-15.

The former long-time World No.1, who has played in eight Presidents Cups and won the most matches (24) of all time, then reinforced his desire to become the first playing captain since three-time major victor Hale Irwin (1994).

Two of the biggest names in world sport, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els are in Melbourne as captains of the US and International Teams respectively for the 2019 Presidents Cup at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. "We have to figure out some logistical things, that's one of the things I have to figure out, to try and get a better plan so we can get the best field we can at the Hero, as well as getting everyone here from the Bahamas to this tournament".

Woods was a rookie on the 1998 American team that lost to the Internationals for the only time in the history of the event.

Although his stunning injury comeback has him ranked No. 14 in the world, a 10-month surgery hiatus a year ago means Woods sits 16th on the USA team standings. "After the (2019) Tour Championship, we'll have our top eight guys, and hopefully I'll be part of the top eight", said Woods, who is now ranked 16th in the United States standings.

"When we came down was late in the year in December, we didn't have the wraparound schedule like we do now". "I would encourage them to stay competitive late in the year".

For that reason his tournament may finish on the Saturday instead of Sunday to allow more time for practice after the trip to Royal Melbourne that week.

Woods said this past Ryder Cup - where he was both a player and a vice captain - gave him a glimpse of his challenges ahead. He shares the record of 24 wins with Phil Mickelson and had a 2-3 record in 1998 and again in 2011 at Royal Melbourne.

"After the TOUR Championship, we'll have our top eight guys, and hopefully I'll be part of the top eight".

But 14-time Major victor Woods has declared he will accept the role of playing skipper - which has happened just once - if he is to earn automatic qualification for what will be a star-studded American team.

But he said the early preparation for being a vice-captain would bode well for his potential dual role in Melbourne.

"I don't know if I'll be a part of that conversation either way, as a player". "Jim (Furyk) thought my role was better being focused on playing".

"Now to have the opportunity to be a captain and to lead my guys into an environment that's going to be fun, it's going to be exciting, it's going to be electric, and on top of that, on one of the best venues in all the world".

Woods said he didn't think Royal Melbourne had changed much in the seven years since he last visited Australia.

"It really hasn't; it looks about the same", Woods said. "It's one of the most unique courses you can play; it's so short, so fast and so tricky".

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