Hero World Challenge will start one day early but still coincides with Australian Open
Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, captains of the USA and Presidential Cup 2019 International
The 2019 Presidential Cup marking for December 12-15 at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, the site of the only International team victory over the United States in its 25-year history, was a boost for the players from the rest of the world, except Europe, who dream of ending American hegemony this year, but caused trouble for Tiger Woods, who hosts its annual Hero World Challenge a week earlier in the Bahamas.
The Tiger tournament brings together the top 18 in the world and although not worth for the PGA Tour, scores points for the world rankings as a major event, has no cut and gives good money in prizes. Several international and US players are expected to qualify to play in the Bahamas, including Tiger himself, who is called to be the captain of his team, but now, after his victory at the Masters, he must also qualify as a player. The problem is to take a trip to the gold side of the world - it's ten hours difference in time zone - with only one day break for the first day of the Presidents Cup.
Logistics - To alleviate this problem, Tiger anticipated the Hero World Challenge start date for Wednesday, December 4th. Thus the tournament will end on 7th Saturday, giving an extra day for the trip and adaptation of the players. But another problem persists. The Hero World Challenge still coincides with the Australian Open, which has lost prestige and important players in recent years, precisely because of the Tiger tournament, but has invested heavily in recovering them this year, expecting many Presidents Cup participants to opt for play the two events in a row in Australia.
Tiger refused to change the week of his tournament to accommodate the calendar of the three events and already prepares a logistics to get everyone involved on a direct flight in time for everyone to train and attend the various ceremonies and dinners that precede the Presidents Cup "Tiger estimates there will be eight to ten players, their caddies, women, coaches and others, for a total of about 50 people to take from the Bahamas to Melbourne. The captain of the International team is South African Ernie Els.
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