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U.S. Team Playing Captain's Blog: Vol. 5
It’s been a whirlwind month for my team and me.
Beginning with my four captain’s picks, it was truly a special evening at The Woods Jupiter as we finalized the team.
Making the selections was a very difficult process. We were spoiled with the number of quality golfers who had played well, especially lately. With the competition nearing, I was paying very close attention to how guys performed at the start of the new season and during the Asian Swing. ‘Wood’ was one of those guys who really did well. He will be the first to tell you that after winning the U.S. Open, he didn’t finish last season the way he would have liked. However, after missing out on one of the automatic berths, he proved why he deserved to be on this team with top-5s in Korea and Japan. And to have him with me at the restaurant for the announcement made it that much more special. This is going to be his first team event to cap off what has been a special year. He’s just a good dude that all the players wanted on the team.
View this post on Instagram No better way to continue #sportsweek than with Captain @TigerWoods! So thankful for the call to join the #USTeam at the @PresidentsCup! A post shared by Gary Woodland (@gary.woodland) on Nov 7, 2019 at 6:19pm PST
No better way to continue #sportsweek than with Captain @TigerWoods! So thankful for the call to join the #USTeam at the @PresidentsCup!
A post shared by Gary Woodland (@gary.woodland) on Nov 7, 2019 at 6:19pm PST
Speaking of good dudes, Tony Finau is as genuine as they come and is going to be another key piece of the squad. He is one of those guys who is going to light up the team room but will back it up on the course with consistent play.
This is a guy who has qualified for the TOUR Championship the last three years without a win, which is tough enough to accomplish once. It goes to show how reliable his game has been week in and week out, and that is exactly what this team needs. Everyone wants to play with Tony, so we are looking forward to having him.
I actually pranked Tony a little when I called to tell him he was on the team. I could feel his heart sink when I said I had some tough news. So, I let him sweat it out for a few seconds before welcoming him to the Presidents Cup.
🔈EPISODE 8 IS LIVE!🎙You know we are talking @PresidentsCup here from the @MayakobaGolf ‼️ Click the link in my bio to download! Available on Spotify, iTunes and Art19. #teamfinau #podcast #golf #itunes #spotify #letsgetit 🇺🇸 💯 pic.twitter.com/p55KjxZQL7— Tony Finau Golf (@tonyfinaugolf) November 15, 2019
🔈EPISODE 8 IS LIVE!🎙You know we are talking @PresidentsCup here from the @MayakobaGolf ‼️ Click the link in my bio to download! Available on Spotify, iTunes and Art19. #teamfinau #podcast #golf #itunes #spotify #letsgetit 🇺🇸 💯 pic.twitter.com/p55KjxZQL7
I couldn’t imagine this team going into battle without Captain America. Patrick will be one of our team veterans competing in his third Presidents Cup. He’s is as fiery as they come and bleeds red, white and blue. That type of energy and passion is going to be very important as the away team. He is just one of those guys who is going to give you absolutely everything he has to earn a point for you.
I’m so excited and honored to compete for Captain @TigerWoods and our country at the @PresidentsCup. See you in @Melbourne! #USA pic.twitter.com/dNntiEI9Ah— Patrick Reed (@PReedGolf) November 8, 2019
I’m so excited and honored to compete for Captain @TigerWoods and our country at the @PresidentsCup. See you in @Melbourne! #USA pic.twitter.com/dNntiEI9Ah
Finally, to become the Presidents Cup’s second-ever playing captain is a real thrill and an honor. Hale did it successfully back in 1994. I am looking forward to this being a challenging and rewarding experience. Once I didn't make the TOUR Championship, I knew the ZOZO Championship was going to be a big event, and to perform the way I did after my knee procedure validated that I could play and help the team. Plus, to get my 82nd PGA TOUR victory and tie Sam’s all-time win record made the week that much sweeter.
As Captain, I’m going to choose Tiger Woods as the last player on the team. https://t.co/AR7zgDTJkZ— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) November 8, 2019
As Captain, I’m going to choose Tiger Woods as the last player on the team. https://t.co/AR7zgDTJkZ
I am really going to rely on my three assistants, Fred, ‘Strick’ and Zach while I’m playing. With two having been Presidents Cup captains in the past, the team will be in good hands while I’m on the course. It’s going to be hard work, but it is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I’ve been a captain’s assistant in two Cups, so understanding what the various roles are is really going to help.
Recently, I had to make a fifth captain’s pick following Brooks’ withdrawal from the event. Brooks and I talked, and he is disappointed that he is unable to compete, but I just told him to get well soon and that we’re sorry he won’t be with us in Australia.
That said, we are very happy to have Rickie join the team. He is someone we seriously considered for a pick and is so well respected and liked by his teammates. This will be his third Presidents Cup and I know he is excited to help us bring home the Cup.
Making his third #PresidentsCup appearance, @RickieFowler knows there's nothing like competing with the #USTeam. pic.twitter.com/3owEUZzuDj— Presidents Cup (@PresidentsCup) November 20, 2019
Making his third #PresidentsCup appearance, @RickieFowler knows there's nothing like competing with the #USTeam. pic.twitter.com/3owEUZzuDj
It’s hard to believe we are so close to going down to Melbourne. I want to congratulate Ernie on rounding out his team with Jason, Sungjae, Adam and Joaquin. Going against Ernie and his team will be not be easy, especially with the outstanding Aussie fans supporting the International squad, but we’ll be ready. 'Til next time. Tiger Woods
U.S. Team Playing Captain
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