Woods Reveals What Began As A Joke Turned Into His Presidents Cup Captaincy Reality

…. Albany, Bahamas 

What was first a joke, turned into a USA Presidents Cup captaincy reality says Tiger Woods.

In just over a week, Woods will captain a red-shot American side in the 2019 edition of the Presidents Cup at the famed Royal Melbourne course in Melbourne, Australia.

All but two of Woods 12-man team are higher in the official World Rankings than the highest ranked in Ernie Els International Team.

Woods will be a first playing Presidents Cup captain since fellow American Hale Irwin was a playing captain in the very first Presidents Cup in 1994.

And while many predicted Woods to act as a playing captain, the 15-time Major winner has revealed it was not as straight forward as we may thought.

If fact, as Woods stated ahead of hosting Wednesday’s starting Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, it was all a joke at first.

“At the time, jokingly — when I took the role of captain, I jokingly said I would like to be a playing captain,” he said smiling.

“It was a joke, but turned into reality. Here we are. I’m the second playing captain in the history of the Presidents Cup, so it’s a pretty neat responsibility.

“And the role’s not easy. There’s a lot of moving parts, whether it’s talking to the guys, talking to my vice captains, organizing what we need to have done down there, not only to be ready but also I need to keep sharp. I need to keep practicing, I need to keep working on my game, make sure I have all my feels and my game is sharp and ready to go, because atminimum next week I’ll be responsible for two points.”

Woods tees-up this week, and in the event he’s won five times in the past, with 11 of his dozen players he will take to Australia in the Bahamas field.

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