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  • Associated Press Tiger Woods will play in the Presidents Cup matches next month in Australia.

Friday, November 08, 2019 1:00 am

Woods picks himself for Presidents Cup

DOUG FERGUSON | Associated Press

Tiger Woods will have an ear piece, a radio and his golf clubs at the Presidents Cup.

Woods created his own slice of history Thursday night by becoming the first Presidents Cup captain to use one of his wild-card selections on himself.

He is the second playing captain in the Presidents Cup. Hale Irwin played in the inaugural matches in 1994 when he qualified for the team. He had Paul Azinger, who was recovering from cancer, as one of his assistants.

Woods was named captain in March 2018, when he was just returning from a fourth surgery on his lower back. He has won three times since then, including his 15th major when he won the Masters in April.

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

The Presidents Cup is Dec. 12-15 in Melbourne.

Woods also selected Tony Finau, who finished just outside the top eight who qualified; U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, who is playing on his first U.S. team; and Patrick Reed.

The rest of the U.S. team is Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson. Cantlay, Schauffele and Woodland are the only players who have never competed in a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup.

Missing from the American team is Phil Mickelson, who had played in every Presidents Cup since the matches began in 1994.