Woods remains non-committal about Cup captaincy
As Tiger Woods prepared to tee it up at his very own Genesis Invitational last week, he also spoke about the possibility that his run as a Presidents Cup captain may already be over.
Woods, who took Team USA to its 11th victory since 1994 in Australia late last year, was asked if he would return as captain in 2021 at Quail Hollow.
Tiger Woods celebrates winning the 2019 Presidents Cup (Credit: PGA Tour)
“I talked to Ernie [Els] when we were boarding the airplane leaving Melbourne,” Woods said.
“He was obviously devastated, and he put everything he had into that two-year window…and did some things that’s never been done before on either team.”
“I’m struggling with the same issues because…as an American, we have two Cups that we’re involved in, not just every other year like the Internationals and European team. So the responsibilities on an American are a little bit more,” said Woods alluding to the toll his captaincy had taken on his 44-year-old body.
Despite enormous criticism levelled at the former World No.1 about adding the role of player to his captain’s duties, Woods pushed back in style and was the stand out player in the competition going 3-0 and leading his team to an unlikely final day come-from-behind victory.
However, it was not without cost as Woods later admitted to being ‘a little bit fried physically, mentally and emotionally’ following the historic victory.
While Team USA will no doubt want Woods to return as captain, they have no shortage of choices to replace him and, along with an enviable record in the competition, the Internationals will once again face an upward battle on US soil to regain the Cup for the first time since 1998.
Meanwhile Woods displayed almost none of the fire and fury he brought Down Under to Royal Melbourne and went on to finish dead last on Sunday at the Genesis Invitational.
After opening with a 69 on Thursday, he fired rounds of 73, 76 and 77 to close out the tournament twenty-two shots behind Adam Scott.
“I did not do much well today. Good news, I hit every ball forward, not backwards, a couple sideways. But overall, I’m done,” he said.