'Special' to play alongside captain Tiger Woods, says Patrick Reed

Niemann gets Presidents Cup spot as Els names captain's picks

Patrick Reed, Tony Finau and US Originate champion Gary Woodland were additionally selected by Woods as captain's picks, underlining the US's spectacular depth of talent.

"It was very hard for me, but I needed guys in solid form", said Els, speaking from Beijing. This prestigious global golf tournament has the best players from the United States facing the best golfers outside the United States and Europe.

Since returning in early 2018 from a fourth operation on his back, Woods has won three tournaments, including his 15th major at the Masters in April.

"It's going to be hard but I always knew I had three awesome assistants", Woods said. "Now we're on the team, we need to play the best we can and show him it was the right decision to pick me".

As Woods himself said after his victory in Japan: "As a player, I got the captain's attention".

"It means so much to me to be a part of this team and I'm going to do everything I can to help the US bring home the Presidents Cup", Reed said. Fowler has not played since November's Tour Championship.

Niemann, ranked 54, became the first player from Chile to win on the PGA Tour when he triumphed at the Greenbrier in September and the 21-year-old followed up with tied 12th in a high-quality field at the CJ Cup in South Korea last month.

"This is a person that is as fiery as they come and he's bleeding red, white and blue and he will do anything to get points for you, and that's what we want", Woods said.

"Freddie was pretty ardent".

Woods, as team captain, needed to select four American golfers to participate in the event.

"The long haul to Australia is very much like the one to Japan, and seeing how my body felt and how I reacted in Japan and how I was able to play, it certainly gives me a lot of confidence that it will hold up over the long haul down to Australia", he told reporters on a conference call on Friday.

Koepka, Johnson, Kuchar and Thomas were all members of the U.S. team that won 19-11 in New Jersey in 2017, their seventh straight triumph.

The Internationals have won only once in the event's 25-year history - in Melbourne in 1998, captained by the late Peter Thomson.

Australia's former world number one Day will feature in his fifth Presidents Cup despite having seen his ranking slip to 29th, while world number 44 Hadwin will make his second appearance after his debut in 2017.

Even more interesting will be his week in Australia - at times in a cart, at times standing over a key putt, all the while thinking about pairings and what it takes to win.

Woods will be playing in his ninth Presidents Cup, and his first since 2013.



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