MELBOURNE: Tiger Woods learned the hard way two decades ago how important preparation was for Presidents Cup success and he is determined to leave nothing to chance when he captains the United States at next year’s edition at Royal Melbourne.
The 42-year-old has already expressed his disquiet about his own World Challenge tournament being scheduled for the week before the December 12-15 clash against an International team of players from the rest of the world, excluding Europe.
Anyone playing the World Challenge 16,000 kms away in the Bahamas will not get to Australia until Tuesday — only 48 hours before the start of the Presidents Cup — and Woods said he needed to ensure they would still be fresh.
“We have to figure out some logistical things between now and then,” the 14-times major champion told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.
“We’ve got (to) try and get the best field we can at the (World Challenge), as well as getting everyone here from the Bahamas to this tournament, get them rested, getting them prepared and getting them ready to play and compete.”
Woods said the experience of 1998 at Royal Melbourne, when he was part of the only US team to lose to the Internationals, illustrated how important it was that the Americans were ready to go. “The guys took quite a bit of time off, and quite frankly, we weren’t prepared to play, and we got smoked,” he recalled. — AFP