Woods and Els set to be named captains for 2019 Presidents Cup

Woods and Els set to be named captains for 2019 Presidents Cup

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.

Tiger Woods will be named the United States' captain for the 2019 Presidents Cup, according to the Associated Press.

Tiger Woods will be named the US team's captain for the 2019 Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia, according to a report by Alex Miceli of the Morning Read, who cited sources.

An eight-time victor of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods has endured a number of lengthy lay-offs and four back surgeries, but now looks to be back to full fitness as he prepares for his fifth start of 2018.

Woods, who finished second at last week's Valspar Championship to heighten expectations of future success, served as a vice-captain to Davis Love III in the 2016 Ryder Cup and is set to fulfil the same role under Jim Furyk in Paris later this year.

Woods and Els have been locked in battle for many years, with Els finishing runner-up to Woods seven times in the majors (the most of any player), but none more so than at the 2003 Presidents Cup when the scores were tied at 17-17 in South Africa, the home nation of Els. The US has won ten, with the worldwide team winning just once.

Whilst Els might be a logical choice to be the next worldwide team captain, Woods' anticipated appointment comes as more of a surprise, not least because he will be only 43 by the time the match takes place in Melbourne next year.

In 1998 in Thailand, Woods rallied from an eight-shot deficit in the final round and beating Els in a playoff.

Off the course, Els is the player Woods sought out in the 1996 British Open when he was trying to decide whether to turn pro.

Woods was runner-up at the Valspar Championship on Sunday and plays at Bay Hill this week, where he is an eight-time victor.