Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Home favourite Day gets Presidents Cup nod to face Woods-led US

Home favourite Day gets Presidents Cup nod to face Woods-led US

United States captain Tiger Woods selected himself as a member of the star-studded golf team that will take on an International Team at December's Presidents Cup in Australia. Koepka had stem cell treatment in his left knee after the Tour Championship, and that injured the knee while bracing himself after he slipped on a wet piece of cement in the CJ Cup.

Woods announced Finau as his first at-large pick. "Two guys who have won Presidents Cup and Zach, who will be a future captain". Woods said it was that trip - not just the victory, but the travel - that convinced him he was fully healed from minor knee surgery in August and capable of contributing in Australia. Woodland is set to make his team-event debut.

"I have a lot of good friends who are Australian and play out here and because of that I look forward to it and getting those crowds riled up, that's kind of what I like to do".

While his improved play will certainly be a boost, Woods said it's Reed's energy in worldwide competitions that can really make a difference.

"I was ready to get on the correct aspect and get the game in type and perform the way I'm meant to be actively playing, and for the reason that of that, I was blessed enough to be in a position to get a select".

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The top eight American golfers who were already selected prior to Woods's selections were PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka of West Palm Beach, FL; Justin Thomas of Louisville, KY; Dustin Johnson of Columbia, SC; Patrick Cantlay of Long Beach, CA; Xander Schauffele of San Diego, CA; Webb Simpson of Raleigh, NC; Matt Kuchar of Winter Park, FL and Bryson DeChambeau of Modesto, CA. Cantlay, Schauffele and Woodland are the only players who have never competed in a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup.

Woods said his assistants had offered plenty of advice on whether to choose himself to play. "When he starts playing golf, he'll let me know and I told him to keep me abreast of what's happening". "'You're on the team, quit being stupid.' At the time, I haven't even swung a club", Woods said.

The International Team includes: Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Leishman, Abraham Ancer, Haotong Li, Cameron Smith, C.T. Pan, Jason Day, Sungjae Im, Adam Hadwin and Joaquin Niemann.

Woods will play in his ninth Presidents Cup, while Reed - who missed out on automatic qualification for the United States of America team - will appear for a third time.

The Americans have won the Presidents Cup seven consecutive times entering the 2019 version of the tournament. Hale Irwin played in the inaugural matches in 1994 when he qualified for the team. Both will make their Presidents Cup debuts.

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