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Captain’s call: Tiger Woods to play in the Presidents Cup in Melbourne

Tiger Woods has confirmed that he will play in the Presidents Cup in Melbourne next month – his first appearance playing in Australia since 2011.

Woods had the odd pleasure of selecting himself in the American team to play against the Internationals at Royal Melbourne from December 12-15, since as captain he was required to name four discretionary picks beyond the eight players selected on rankings.

Once he won the Zozo Championship in Japan last month he was a certainty to play. He is still the No. 6 player in the world and the reigning US Masters champion.

The 15-time major champion named himself as well as Tony Finau, Patrick Reed, and Gary Woodland in the American team.

Woods last played in Australia at the 2011 Presidents Cup, also at Royal Melbourne.

On Thursday, International captain Ernie Els rounded out his team with Australia’s Jason Day, Chilean Joaquin Niemann, Canada's Adam Hadwin and South Korea's Sungjae Im.

It means Els' International team will have four Australians among the 12-man team to take on the United States – Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith.

More to come

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