To no one’s surprise, Tiger Woods named Fred Couples one of his vice-captains for the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia.
Woods, the U.S. captain, appointed the popular 59-year-old Couples to be one of his assistants when he squares off against Ernie Els‘ International team this fall at Royal Melbourne in Australia.
“Freddie and I go way back in the Presidents Cup,” Woods said, who is expected to be the first playing captain since Hale Irwin in 1994.
“And we’re basically coming full circle at Royal Melbourne. He and I teamed up in one our matches in ’98, I was a captain’s pick in ’11 and now we get to return as two leaders of this team. We’re going to have some fun, but we’re there to win.”
The 43-year old Woods also selected the 2017 Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker, along with two-time major winner Zach Johnson.
Woods said he plans to announce one more assistant before the matches on Dec. 12-15, 2019, which is expected to be Phil Mickelson if he fails to make the team.