Woods picks himself, Woodland, Finau, Reed for Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods As Presidents Cup captain he's all in makes picks tonight

Tiger Woods As Presidents Cup captain he's all in makes picks tonight

December's Presidents Cup matchup will be finalized on Thursday night when American Captain Tiger Woods makes his four captains picks to round out his team.

Woods will announce his four captain's picks today and he is expected to use one of the picks on himself, becoming the first playing skipper since Hale Irwin led the U.S. to a 20-12 win at the inaugural event in Virginia in 1994. While we certainly expect Tiger to choose himself to play this year's Presidents Cup (and he hasn't exactly been subtle about that in recent weeks), he has some very fair choices to make.

Tiger Woods will play in Australia next month. No. 6 was a guy named Brooks Koepka, then a one-time major champion who was on his way to setting the sport on fire. He also left open the option of adding an assistant captain now that he'll be playing.

All 12 of the American team are ranked inside the world's top 22 players, with the worldwide team having just two representatives - Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama - before that slot.

"Freddie was pretty ardent. 'You're on the team, quit being stupid.' At the time, I haven't even swung a club", Woods said.

"I think it's going to help me more to focus and try to beat him". Remarkably, he will have played in all three editions of the tournament held at the jewel in Melbourne's Sandbelt, including the worldwide team's only victory in 1998.

"But I just have to play one match (minimum) before singles.so it's about me getting an understanding of the guys and an understanding of the course. for all of us to see how it fits".

That leaves three other picks to be made to join automatic qualifiers Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Bryson DeChambeau.

Woods' record in the Presidents Cup far outshines his record in the Ryder Cup, as does the record of the United State in the team competition.

Worldwide captain Ernie Els filled out his team Wednesday, adding two rookies (Sungjae Im and Joaquin Niemann) to a team that already had four Presidents Cup newcomers.

Until today there was still conjecture over whether Woods, the team United States of America captain, would pick himself.

He finished ninth in the US standings for the Presidents Cup at the cutoff point, the BMW Championship in August, when eight players became automatic qualifiers: Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Bryson DeChambeau.

"As captain, I'm going to pick Tiger Woods", Woods said during his press conference, during which he appeared initially to struggle with introducing himself.

"I find it interesting I'm talking in the third person", a laughing Woods added.

Woods said he didn't know if it would be his final time playing in Australia, but logic suggests there won't be many more opportunities for his legion of Aussie fans.