Tiger Woods must have made an impression in his vice captaincy at the Ryder Cup last week at Hazeltine.
Less than a week after he helped the U.S. capture its first Ryder Cup in eight year, Woods was named a vice captain of the 2017 Presidents Cup team, U.S. captain Steve Stricker announced Wednesday.
“It’s just a tremendous honor,” Woods said in a statement to the Golf Channel. “Steve is one of my best friends. 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.”
Woods is hoping to return to playing for the first time in more than a year in a week when he is scheduled to play at the Safeway Open. So the opportunity for a playing vice captain is there, according to Stricker.
“Tiger certainly could play his way onto the U.S. team and if that happens, replacing him as a captain’s assistant will be a great problem for me to have,” Stricker said. “I hope Tiger’s playing, but what he showed last week was impressive as well.”
The 2017 Presidents Cup, a biennial match play event played in Ryder Cup off years that pits the U.S. against international players not from Europe, will be held Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 2017 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.
Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will also serve as a vice captain for the Presidents Cup, as will Fred Couples. The International team will be led by Nick Price with assistance from Ernie Els, Tony Johnstone and Geoff Ogilvy.