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Woods names himself among Presidents Cup wildcards

8th November 2019, 09:39 by Aidan Perkins

Tiger Woods has chosen himself as a wildcard pick for the Presidents Cup - the first time a US captain has made such a selection.

Woods has become the first US skipper to select himself as one of his four wildcard picks as he also chose Tony Finau, US Open champion Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed to be part of his line-up for December's event against an International team in Melbourne, Australia.

After finally recovering from back problems, Woods has impressed over the past couple of years and finally won his 15th major when he secured the Masters in April. He won as recently as last month when picking up the Zozo Championship in Japan so his selection can be justified as he joins Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson who had already made the team.

"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 a comical moment when announcing himself as part of the team, he added: "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!"

There is still room for one more player in the US team, which is expected to be current world number one Brooks Koepka as long as he recovers from a knee injury in time.

The action at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club takes place between December 12-15.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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