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Tiger Woods and Ernie Els to duel at 2019 Presidents Cup

14 March 2018

Tiger Woods will be named the United States' captain for the 2019 Presidents Cup, according to the Associated Press.

Woods and Els have agreed to skipper their sides in Melbourne, Australia, according to two people involved in the Presidents Cup.

The pair is expected to be announced as captains Tuesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Els, a four-time major victor, takes over from Nick Price who has guided the Internationals at the last three Presidents Cups.

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In the 2003 event in South Africa, Els and Woods were picked to face off in a sudden-death playoff.

When it was too dark to continue, and both teams on the green were debating what to do, captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player agreed to share the cup. There is a fun and talented group of young players emerging from all across the globe for the International Team, and I am eager to accept the responsibility of building a victor when we face the United States at one of my favorite courses and cities in the world at Royal Melbourne.

In addition to the announcement of the two captains, officials also unveiled minor changes to format requirements and eligibility for the 2019 Presidents Cup. One of the birdies was a 44-foot putt he rolled in at the 17th to move within a shot of the lead with a hole to play, drawing a thunderous roar from the crowd.

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In 1998 in Thailand, Woods rallied from an eight-shot deficit in the final round and beating Els in a playoff.

Off the course, Els is the player Woods sought out in the 1996 British Open when he was trying to decide whether to turn pro.

The 2019 Presidents Cup will be the 13th match in the competition's history. Additionally, the top eight players for the worldwide and U.S. Team standings will officially qualify following the completion of the 2019 PGA TOUR Championship.

News of Woods appointment will come with 199 days to the start of the 2018 Ryder Cup in Versailles.

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Tiger Woods and Ernie Els to duel at 2019 Presidents Cup