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Ernie Els says Captain Tiger Woods will pick Tiger Woods'I don't think he's got any choice

Ernie Els says Captain Tiger Woods will pick Tiger Woods'I don't think he's got any choice

Hale Irwin is the only man on earth who knows what it's like to be a playing captain in a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup, but Tiger Woods will make it a two-man club for the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in December.

Woods used his other three selections to choose Tony Finau, Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed, rounding out a powerhouse squad to play from 12-15 December, meaning there will be 21 previous Presidents Cup appearances amongst its members with five players on debut compared to the six of the global team.

Woods confirmed he consulted with his co-captains and his star-studded team before confirming he would play, in what looms as potentially his last ever playing appearance in Australia.

"As captain, I'm going to choose Tiger Woods as the last player on the team", he said during his announcement.

He does have a better record in the Presidents Cup though, winning 24, losing 15 with one tie.

"It's weird talking about yourself in the third person", the 15-time major champion said after reeling off a little of his bio to the media conference. He now has Fred Couples, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson.

Everyone is required to play in at least one match ahead of the Sunday singles, meaning Woods only has to play twice. Rickie Fowler was also left off the team.

To be fair, it was a depleted worldwide squad; Greg Norman (illness), Ernie Els (other tournament), Jumbo Ozaki (other tournament) and Tommy Nakajima (other tournament), all qualifiers for the global team, didn't play.

And still to be determined is whether PGA champion Brooks Koepka, the No. 1 player in the world, will be ready to go.

But he wouldn't be drawn on anyone who was in line to replace Koepka should his injury not come up in time to play.

"Right now he's in the team".

Woods also selected world number 14 Tony Finau, Patrick Reed and US Open victor Garry Woodland. Or to bring in both Spieth and Reed to see if they can reignite their chemistry from the 2016 Ryder Cup. "He'll do anything to get a point for you".

Els said the four would play a "big part" in helping their global teammates navigate the sandbelt layout.

The Americans boast world No.1 and four-time major victor Brooks Koepka, along with fellow top-10 players Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau plus Webb Simpson (ranked 11) and Matt Kuchar (22).

Despite his inclusion in the playing ranks at Royal Melbourne, Woods does not have the greatest record in team match-play golf.

"I do think he will pick himself, I don't think he has any choice", he said.

"On paper, we certainly have an advantage in world rankings. but when it comes down to it, and as I've told the guys, when we start on Thursday it's 0-0 and anything can happen".

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