USA captain Tiger Woods uses wild-card to select himself in Presidents Cup team

Press Association Sport 11:28 08/11/2019
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Tiger Woods has become the first Presidents Cup captain to use a wild-card selection on himself.

He will also become only the second playing captain in the Presidents Cup, after Hale Irwin did so in the inaugural matches 25  years ago.

Since returning in early 2018 from a fourth surgery on his back, Woods has won three tournaments, including his 15th major when he won the Masters in April.

“It’s going to be a lot of work, but (it is) something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time,” Woods said.

In October, Woods equalled the PGA Tour record with his 82nd career victory at the Zozo Championship in Japan.

He said the trip to Japan – the travel as well as winning – convinced him he was fully healed from knee surgery he had in August and capable of playing in the Presidents Cup, which will be held from December 12-15 at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

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

The rest of the US team is Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson.

That leaves room for one more player, which could be current world No 1 Brooks Koepka, who had stem cell treatment in his left knee after the Tour Championship.

In announcing himself as his fourth and final pick, Woods said: “As captain, I’m going to choose Tiger Woods as the last player on the team.

“He’s made … nine Cups and he’s played in Australia twice in the Presidents Cup, so this will be his third appearance as a player.

“And I find it interesting talking in the third person.”

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Tiger Woods has announced he has undergone surgery on his left knee to repair cartilage damage.

Woods had the operation last week, shortly after he finished tied for 37th place in the final round of the BMW Championship in Medinah, Illinois.

“I expect Tiger to make a full recovery,” said Dr Vern Cooley, who performed the surgery. “We did what was needed, and also examined the entire knee. There were no additional problems.”

Woods said he plans to resume golfing activities shortly and will next play at the Zozo Championship in Narashino, Japan in late October.

“I would like to thank Dr Cooley and his team,” Woods said. “I’m walking now and hope to resume practice in the next few weeks.

“I look forward to travelling and playing in Japan in October.”

Woods ended the tournament in Medinah frustrated, but did not report any pain in his comments after the final round, instead saying he needed “to get a little bit stronger in certain body parts, activate different areas”.

The 43-year-old, who has dealt with a myriad of injury issues over recent years, claimed his 15th career Major title – and first in 11 years – in April this year with victory in the Masters.

It was only his second tournament victory since 2013 following on from the Tour Championship last September. After the inaugural Zozo Championship, Woods is due to play in his Hero World Challenge before making his debut as captain of the US Presidents Cup team in Melbourne, Australia.

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Tiger Woods to compete in back-to-back events for just the second time this season

Press Association Sport 20:59 31/07/2019
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Tiger Woods will compete in back-to-back events for just the second time this season after committing to the first two FedEx Cup play-off events.

Woods wrote on social media that he will play the Northern Trust at Liberty National in New Jersey and the following week’s BMW Championship at Medinah in Illinois.

The Masters champion could then make it three weeks in a row if he qualifies for the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta, which he won last year for his first victory since 2013.

Woods is currently 27th in the standings and needs to remain inside the top 30 to be eligible to play at East Lake. The 43-year-old has played only four tournaments, three of them majors, since his emotional 15th major victory at the Masters in April.

Before missing the cut in the Open earlier this month, Woods admitted he had been drained by his win at Augusta National and was forced to play a limited schedule.

“Getting myself into position to win the Masters, it took a lot out of me,” Woods, who has had four knee operations and four back surgeries during his illustrious career, said at Royal Portrush.

“I want to play here as long as I possibly can and you have to understand if I play a lot, I won’t be out here that long.”

The only other time in 2019 that Woods has played in consecutive events was when he followed a tie for 15th in the Genesis Open with a top 10 in the WGC-Mexico Championship in February.

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