Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, two of the biggest names in world sport, are headed to Melbourne as captains of the USA and International Teams respectively for the 2019 Presidents Cup at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria.
Tiger Woods' playing career is heading in a positive direction once again, and the 14-time major champion looks set to take up a non-playing role in next year's Presidents Cup as captain of the United States team.
Also the announcement of Woods as the 2022 USA Captain will be a huge boost to the Presidents Cup that has suffered for many years given the USA side has won 10 of 12 events since the inaugural tournament in 1994.
They are expected to be introduced Tuesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational near Orlando, Florida.
The rules then were for a player from each team to have his name placed in an envelope, and they would play sudden-death to decide the Presidents Cup. After it became too dark to continue play, with the pair still tied after three playoff holes, team captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player agreed to end the event in a tie. "The core group of players on the US Team have a lot of talent, enthusiasm and great team camaraderie".
Els, a four-time major victor, takes over from Nick Price who has guided the Internationals at the last three Presidents Cups, including past year when the United States romped to a 19-11 victory on home soil at Liberty National in New Jersey.
Woods referred to it at the time as one of his most nerve-wracking moments.
Four-time major victor Els has finished runner-up to Woods seven times, including twice in the majors.
In 1998 in Thailand, Woods rallied from an eight-shot deficit in the final round and beating Els in a playoff.
"Ernie Els and Tiger Woods have each been part of the fabric of the Presidents Cup as competitors and as ambassadors to the event", said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan.
News of Woods appointment will come with 199 days to the start of the 2018 Ryder Cup in Versailles.
Woods was runner-up at the Valspar Championship on Sunday and plays at Bay Hill this week, where he is an eight-time victor.