If his comeback fails to gain any steam, it seems Tiger Woods has whittled a nice post-playing niche as an assistant captain for Team USA.
On Wednesday, Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker named Woods, Fred Couples and Davis Love III to his coaching staff for the 2017 event, to be held at Liberty National.
Woods, who was an assistant Ryder Cup captain for Love at Hazeltine, has played in eight Presidents Cup events, amassing a 24-15-1 record. Those 24 victories are the most in the cup's history.
"It’s just a tremendous honor,” Woods said. “Steve is one of my best friends. We’ve been friends for close to 20 years now. And we've been on teams together; we’ve played on Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups, in pairings together and playing against each other down the stretch in tournaments. It’s been a lot of fun getting to know him and Nicki and the kids, so for him to have the confidence in me, to be part of the crew and help him in any way I possibly can –- I’m thrilled to be his assistant."
Stricker is hoping Woods, who plans on returning to golf at next week's Safeway Open, will be on the team as a player.
“But if he doesn’t, I’m honored he accepted this role for the first time in his impressive Presidents Cup career," Stricker said. "Tiger has been a great teammate and friend over the years, and I know the U.S. guys will benefit from the experience and camaraderie that only Tiger can bring.”
Nick Price, who will be at the helm for the Internationals for the third consecutive event, also named his assistants on Wednesday. Joining the three-time major winner will be Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy and Tony Johnstone.
This will be the 12th Presidents Cup. The Americans are 9-1-1, their lone loss coming in 1998.