Tiger names heavyweight trio of Presidents Cup assistants

Tiger names heavyweight trio of Presidents Cup assistants

Video of Woods speaking about each captain's assistant is available to be viewed on the Presidents Cup's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Newly appointed United States vice-captain Fred Couples has all but confirmed both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be playing when the Presidents Cup comes to Melbourne later this year.

Woods can also name a fourth assistant prior to the event.

Couples has previously captained the USA to three Presidents Cup victories, while Stricker was in charge during their victory in 2017, and Johnson served as an assistant at last year's Ryder Cup.

"Zach, he's going to be a Presidents or Ryder Cup captain down the road", Woods said.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are both likely to be in action for the U.S. team at Royal Melbourne.

"I didn't just want to have the next in the pipeline, but to have "Stricks" and Freddy as vice captains just in case things get a little more complicated if I make the team", Woods told AAP at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.

"We're going to have some fun, but we're there to win".

The 14-time major champion tapped former captains Couples and Stricker, while injecting new blood to the leadership team in the shape of the former Open Championship and Masters victor Johnson for the December 12-15 event.

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The possibility of Woods taking a playing role is reflected in this morning's announcement of the three vice-captains for the United States team.

Mickelson, who vaulted to 6th in the FedExCup with his fifth victory at Pebble Beach, has played on all 12 U.S. Presidents Cup teams since the event began in '94. He's the only playing captain in the history of the Presidents Cup.

Zach brings a lot of passion and energy to the team.

"He's so well respected among his peers and we've grown close on Tour throughout our careers", Woods said.

Rather than filling his support team with only golfers in line to eventually take over the American captaincy, Woods has included former Presidents Cup skippers Couples (2009, '11, '13) and Stricker (2017). "I look forward to helping him in any way he may need with his captaincy just like he helped me in 2017".

"I value his advice and he can help me make important decisions during the week". He was part of the team in 2007, 2009, 2013, and 2015. All four points were earned in the 2009 Presidents Cup at TPC Harding Park, where Stricker and Woods became the first-ever partnership to win four points in a single Presidents Cup.

Stricker said he was "humbled" to be picked by Woods.

Stricker, 51, owns 12 PGA TOUR titles and was a three-time victor on the PGA TOUR Champions in 2018.

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