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Woods, Els named Presidents Cup captains

By Rex HoggardMarch 13, 2018, 10:33 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – The two players with the most history in the Presidents Cup will now assume a new role, with the PGA Tour announcing on Tuesday that Tiger Woods and Ernie Els will captain the U.S. and International teams, respectively, in 2019 at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

Both have competed in eight Presidents Cups each and are tied to the event’s most memorable moment when the duo went to playoff at the 2003 matches in South African, which ended in a tie.

Woods, who served as an assistant captain to Steve Stricker at last year’s Presidents Cup, conceded on Tuesday at Bay Hill that he’d hadn’t thought about taking over for Stricker until Davis Love III, Stricker, Jim Furyk and Fred Couples suggested, via a group text message, he would be on the short list to captain the ’19 team.

“I didn't really think about it in that way. But then after a little bit of thought I said, you know what, that sounds like something I really want to do,” Woods said. “I called [Tour commissioner Jay Monahan] and said, ‘Hey Jay, might you be interested in me possibly being the captain of the 2019 Presidents Cup team?’ Silence. Then he said, ‘Yeah, I think we might be able to work that out.’ So here I am.”

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Woods, who has 24-15-1 record in the Presidents Cup and will be 43 when the 2019 matches are played, has assumed a leadership role in recent years for the United States, serving as Love’s assistant captain two years ago at the Ryder Cup and again this year in Paris.

Unlike Woods, Els, who also served as an assistant captain last year at Liberty National, was long considered the natural successor to Nick Price, the captain of the last three International Presidents Cup teams.

Els, who is 20-18-2 for the International side, has been outspoken about the need for changes to the event to make it more competitive following seven consecutive losses for the International team, including a 19-11 blowout in 2017. The Tour met him halfway, changing the selection process to now include eight automatic qualifiers after the ’19 Tour Championship and four captain’s picks closer to the matches, which will be played Dec. 12-15.

“It gives me better time from the Tour Championship onwards towards the cup to make those decisions on which players I'm going to pick,” said Els, who will be 50 when the matches are played next year. “And being at Royal Melbourne and the World Cup of Golf being played down there, it could also be very important to see how the guys perform in that event and because a lot of international players will probably play for their countries in the World Cup, so it could be a big week, so there's a lot to think about and look at.”

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Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 7:14 pm

PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen is pregnant with her first child.

Pettersen’s husband, Christian Ringvold, confirmed the news with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

Pettersen, 36, who married Ringvold in January of 2017, is due in the fall. The 15-time LPGA winner and two-time major champion has yet to make her first start this year. She’s an eight-time Solheim Cup veteran.

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Watch: Woods rips iron from sand, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 6:10 pm

Tiger Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.

Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.

He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.

After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.

Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Tiger to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.

He quickly returned to 6 under for the championship when he hit an approach from 186 to inside 10 feet at the par-4 11th and walked in the putt:

Following four straight pars, Woods for the second day in a row made an unlikely birdie at the par-5 16th after missing the fairway to the right and declining to layup.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

Tiger Woods teed off at 12:15PM ET alongside Justin Rose for Round 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.