Tiger Woods will reportedly serve as the USA team's captain for the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia in 2019 and it is expected that he'll be introduced on Tuesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, according to Alex Miceli of Morning Read.
The pair will face off in Australia with Woods skipper of the United States and Els leading the International Team.
File this one under "things we never thought we'd see" - Tiger Woods, US team captain.
The two players infamously went head-to-head in a play-off in the 2003 Presidents Cup after the match ended in a 17-17 tie.
Woods, who holds the matchplay competition's record with 24 match wins for the United States, and Els, who has won an worldwide side best 20 matches, will lead their teams into the 2019 edition on December 12-15 at Royal Melbourne.
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Woods hasn't won since his seven-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013. "Very, very loud", Woods said. He's made 10 previous starts on the PGA Tour this season and finished no better than 29th. "I can confirm he's back".
"Ernie carries the flag for global golf as a legendary figure both on and off the golf course, while Tiger has been one of the most transcendent athletes the sport has ever seen".
They are expected to be introduced Tuesday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational near Orlando, Florida. "The core group of players on the US Team have a lot of talent, enthusiasm and great team camaraderie".
The Presidents Cup is a biennial contest that has been played since 1994, with Team USA winning ten of the previous 12 contents.
"I keep getting just a little bit better and a little bit sharper", Woods said, per CNN. He is slated to be a vice captain at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, too. Els has been runner-up to Woods seven times, more than any other player. "Tiger and I have had some great duels in the past, and I look forward to the challenge of going against my longtime friend yet again in 2019". One person with knowledge of the decision said Woods reached out to the PGA Tour about his interest in being the next captain.
Woods will follow Fred Couples, Jay Haas and Steve Stricker as captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team. The U.S. won the 2017 match 19-11, its seventh consecutive win. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the captain selections have not been announced.