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Patrick Reed was happy to see his modern superior sort rewarded by getting named as 1 of Tiger Woods' captain's picks for the Presidents Cup.

In October, Woods equalled the PGA Tour record with his 82nd career victory at the Zozo Championship in Japan.

Woods, as team captain, needed to select four American golfers to participate in the event. "He has made nine cups and played in Australia twice in the Presidents Cup".

Barring a real shocker, the soon-to-be 44-year-old will become the first playing captain since American Hale Irwin in 1994 at the inaugural Presidents Cup.

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.

Woods said he would rely on help from assistant captains Steve Stricker, Fred Couples and Zach Johnson to keep the United States on track.

"This is the first time I've been a pick, but it just makes me want to go out there and justify my place even more", Reed said, via Golf Digest. Cantlay, Schauffele and Woodland are the only players who have never competed in a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup.

"The players, they wanted me to participate in in the function, " Woods reported throughout a information meeting in Jupiter, Florida.

"With the new rules, I just have to play one match prior to the singles", he added. Sooooo, the question here isn't his match play chops which are second to none, but whether he will get picked over more amiable contenders.

"I am likely to let captain determine who plays with who and as soon as we get there, decide on the golf course". Reed has never been known to possess much of a filter but his takedown of the USA performance drew condemnation from a slew of former players and pundits.

"Freddie was pretty ardent", Woods said. "'You're on the team, quit being stupid'". The 2019 Presidents Cup takes place from December 12 to December 15 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.

That's where the worldwide team notched their only victory - against 10 defeats and one draw - in 1998.

Woods is also the first captain to pick himself for the Presidents Cup - Irwin qualified automatically for the event, which pits the United States against a rest of the world team minus Europe, as one of the top eight-ranked U.S. players at the time. Host Australia is the only nation with multiple playing participants as they have Adam Scott, Cameron Smith, Jason Day and Marc Leishman. "It doesn't matter what the world ranking is, you've got to go out and beat the other guys".

World number one Koepka had stem cell treatment on his left knee after the US PGA Tour's Tour Championship and pulled out of the CJ Cup in South Korea three weeks ago after he aggravated the injury when he slipped on a cart path.

Woods did not say what kind of contingency plan he had if Koepka couldn't make it.

Woods will be playing in his ninth Presidents Cup, and his first since 2013.

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