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famous sandbelt course. “I’m not going to have any problem having a motivated team,” new International Team captain Ernie Els says. But what about the dominant Americans? What sort of retribution could they possibly be seeking? Well, they’re coming off a team loss of their own from the 2018 Ryder Cup and it stings. They’re all about getting themselves back up there in the world order. Restoring a reputation that had some calling them a side that would dominate team play for at least a decade. Plus they also have a new captain to play for … none other than Tiger Woods. Woods is likely to be a playing captain—the first since Hale Irwin in the inaugural Presidents Cup in 1994. Woods remembers 1998—he was part of that disappointing loss as a player. “It’s in the back of my mind, of course it is,” Woods says. “When we came down here, Jack Nicklaus was our captain, and it was late in the year in December. We didn’t have the wraparound schedule like we do now. The guys took quite a bit of time off, and w w w.p gat our.com

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quite frankly, we weren’t prepared to play, and we got smoked. The Internationals came out ready, prepared, played, and they drummed us.” As for the Paris hangover, Woods has tried to play it down. He wants to separate his new team from the loss to Europe. Easier said than done. “This is a totally different team, totally different players. We could have a different core of guys,” Woods says. “Obviously we have a lot of guys in their 20s that have made the last couple teams, but you just never know. Each individual team has their own uniqueness and their own character, and that’s what’s fun about being a part of these teams, that you’re building relationships that you never thought you would have, and relationships that last a lifetime.” It could be the first Presidents Cup for a few young stars with Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau already making inroads on the points standings for the U.S. team On the International side of the coin not only could we have new stars in the mix like Australian Cameron Smith but new countries as well with the likes of Mexico’s Abraham

Above [r]: Team assistant captain Fred Couples joins U.S. Team captain Tiger Woods for a photo with the Presidents Cup trophy prior to the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 12, 2019 in Pacific Palisades, California.

“Each individual team has their own uniqueness and their own character, and that’s what’s fun about being a part of these teams, that you’re building relationships that you never thought you would have, and relationships that last a lifetime.” - Tiger Woods PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019, Part 2  47

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