South Africa’s Ernie Els has a chance to renew his old rivalry with Tiger Woods as the pair have been named opposing captains for the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne next year.
With the Americans having won the last seven Cups, the tournament is desperately in need of a spark to renew waning public interest, particularly on the other side of the Atlantic, where winning seems to have become a formality. The naming of Els and Woods as the skippers is a great start as the Internationals look to win their first Presidents Cup since 1998 – interestingly enough also at Royal Melbourne.
Tiger and Ernie have some special history in The Presidents Cup, particularly the playoff in the 2003 event at The Links at Fancourt, where they matched each other shot for shot until they ran out of light. The result was that the Cup was shared for the first (and only) time in its history.