AFP, Los Angeles : Tiger Woods will be a playing captain when he leads the United States against an International team in the Presidents Cup match play golf showdown at Royal Melbourne in December. Woods, who claimed his 15th major title at the Masters in April and won his 82nd US PGA Tour title at the Zozo Championship in Japan two weeks ago, named himself among four captain's picks for the 12-man team on Thursday, along with US Open champion Gary Woodland, former Masters champion Patrick Reed and world number 14 Tony Finau. "As captain, I'm going to choose Tiger Woods as the last player on the team," Woods said. "He's made â€¦ nine Cups and he's played in Australia twice in the Presidents Cup, so this will be his third appearance as a player. And I find it interesting talking in the third person." Woods will be the first playing captain in the Presidents Cup since American Hale Irwin in the inaugural edition in 1994. The US superstar admitted in a conference call to announce his captain's selections that piloting the team - choosing pairings and plotting strategy - and playing would be "a lot of work." But the decision had been widely expected since his victory at the Zozo Championship - his first outing since arthroscopic surgery two months ago to address knee trouble that had slowed him since his triumph at Augusta National. As Woods himself said after his victory in Japan: "As a player, I got the captain's attention." Woods said he would rely on help from assistant captains Steve Stricker, Fred Couples and Zach Johnson to keep the United States on track. "It's going to be difficult but I always knew I had three amazing assistants," Woods said. "Two guys who have won Presidents Cup and Zach, who will be a future captain. "Three great minds to help me when I'm playing. "With the new rules, I just have to play one match prior to the singles," he added. "Two matches minimum. It could be more. It's about me understanding the guys, and understanding the golf course as well." Woods said his assistants had offered plenty of advice on whether to choose himself to play.
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