Woods among six assistants named for 2017 Presidents Cup

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Tiger Woods enjoyed his time as an assistant captain at Hazeltine so much, he's signed on for another run.

Woods was among three assistant captains named to the 2017 Presidents Cup squad by Steve Stricker, who will captain the American team next year at Liberty National Golf Club.

Woods made his debut as an assistant at last week's Ryder Cup, where he helped the U.S. to its first win in the biennial matches since 2008.

"It's just a tremendous honor. Steve is one of my best friends," Woods said in a statement. "It's been a lot of fun getting to know him and Nicki and the kids, so for him to have the confidence in me, to be part of the crew and help him in any way I possibly can - I'm thrilled to be his assistant."

Woods is expected to make his return to competition next week at the Safeway Open after missing more than a year while recovering from multiple back procedures. Stricker addressed the possibility that Woods - who missed the Presidents Cup in 2015 for the first time in his professional career - might make the team on merit.

"Tiger certainly could play his way onto the U.S. team, and if that happens, replacing him as a captain's assistant will be a great problem for me to have," Stricker said.

In addition to Woods, Stricker added Davis Love III and Fred Couples as assistant captains. Love captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team to victory at Hazeltine, while Couples won three Presidents Cups as a captain from 2009-2013.

Nick Price, who will captain the International team for the third consecutive time, also named Ernie Els, Tony Johnstone and Geoff Ogilvy as his assistant captains.