The Tiger Woods captain selected Tiger Woods as a player on Thursday night among his four biggest selections for the US Presidents Cup team to play against the International team next month in Australia.
Woods, who was expected to choose himself after winning the Zozo Championship recently, also added Tony Finau, US Open champion Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed to the 12-man team.
"It will be difficult, but I always knew I had three amazing assistants." said Woods, referring to Steve Streaker, Fred Quips and Zack Johnson. Three great minds that will help me when I play.
"With the new rules, I just have to play one game before the single. Two games at a minimum. It could be more. For me, understanding the guys and understanding the golf course." "
The other three completions ended before Woods in the final the Presidential Cup standings, which gave eight automatic qualifications in August, Ricky Fowler, No. 1
Fowl p, Kevin Na and Kevin Kissner would be Woods' chances if Brooks Koepka was unable to go due to a injury. Koepka, the world's No. 1 player, underwent left knee stem cell treatment after the Tour Championship, then worsened with a knee problem when he slipped on a cart track three weeks ago at the CJ Cup. Woods could pick any player if Koepka was unable to play.
As expected, Phil Mickelson has not been selected, which means that Lefty will miss his first race in the US – the Presidents' Cup or Ryder Cup – for his first appearance in 1994.
The United States will be an undefeated favorite in the December 12-15 event, with 11 of the 12 players ranked in the top 16 in the world ahead of the No. 17 international player, Adam Scott.
Matt Kuchar is the lowest ranked player in the US at number 22. Other players from the US side are Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Bryson Deschambo, Patrick Cantley, Xander Schaufele and Web Simpson.  Woodland and Cantlay are the only Americans who have not played in an American team.
International captain Ernie Els made his four biggest selections on Wednesday and he will have four Australians in the squad: Scott, Mark Leishman, Cam Smith and Jason Day's top pick. Royal Melbourne is the site of the only international victory in the competition that leads the United States 10-1-1.
Woods, 43, who has a 24-15-1 record in the Presidents' Cup (vs. Ryder's 13-21-3) will become the first game captain since Hale Irwin to lead the Americans to the inaugural Presidential Cup in 1994
The last Ryder Cup game captain was Arnold Palmer in 1963.
Woods recently noted that playing the Ryder Cup captain today would be almost impossible due to form . The Presidents Cup is played over four days, with only one session each of the first two days. The Ryder Cup crammed four sessions into the first two days of a three-day event.
"As a game captain now, with the size of responsibilities trying to create couples set for afternoon sessions … [at the Ryder Cup] … this became so much more complicated than what Arnold had when he played. You couldn't do it now.
"In the Presidents' Cup, we introduce ourselves and lead the way [with groupings] after the round. It's not like the Ryder Cup. You have to find out probably 12 or 13 holes in the game that will come back in the afternoon.
" If you are a game captain you couldn't do it if you were playing in the morning. You will have to rely on your alternate captains to give you loads of information while you are playing. And that would be hard to handle. "
became involved in the team process in 2014 when the PGA of America first set up a Ryder Cup Task Force and then a committee in flock Woods starred alongside Mickelson and the current captain of the US Ryder Cup Streaker Steve.
The idea was to try to establish some continuity year after year among players, assistants and captains, preparing them for the task.Woods serves as an assistant to Davis Love III at the Ryder Cup 2016 and to the Streaker of the 2017 Presidential Cup , both wins in the US.
He was one of Captain Jim Furyk's selections for the Ryder Cup last year, but went 0-4 in the US defeat against Europe in Paris.
Woods was initially unacceptable for the prospect of becoming a captain soon, but that changed after his experience in the Ryder Cup in 2016 and the Presidents Cup in 2017, when he tried to return from a major back surgery. .
Sometime in the fall of 2017, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said he received a text from Woods asking for the opportunity to move forward.
"I couldn't call him fast enough," Monahan says.