Special to play alongside captain Tiger Woods, says Patrick Reed

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Woods announced his decision at a news conference Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. He also named Tony Finau, Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed to the USA's 12-man team.

Tiger Woods will have an ear piece, a radio and his golf clubs at the Presidents Cup.

For months the biggest debate surrounding the biennial event was whether American captain Tiger Woods should pick himself to play in Melbourne, Australia.

And he hopes he can prove Woods was right to pick him by continuing to perform on the course. He is ranked No. 14 in the world.

Reed's gather on the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek turn out to be bettered by Englishman Ross Fisher, whose eight-below-par 64 build him in a tie for 2nd with Danny Willett, Thomas Detry and Alex Noren. "He's made. nine Cups and he's played in Australia twice in the Presidents Cup, so this will be his third appearance as a player". Two players not selected on the worldwide team were Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand and Justin Harding of South Africa. "It was a goal of mine to start the season".

"I was ready to get on the correct aspect and get the game in type and perform the way I'm meant to be actively playing, and for the reason that of that, I was blessed enough to be in a position to get a select. It's one that I'll remember forever".

The rest of the USA team is Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson.

"This is a person that is as fiery as they come and he's bleeding red, white and blue and he will do anything to get points for you, and that's what we want", Woods said.

"I actually like moderately a lot of correct chums who are Australian and play out here and because of that I witness ahead to it and getting these crowds riled up, that's roughly what I decide to create". The players, they wanted me to play in the event. It's going to be hard, but I have three incredible assistants.

And still to be determined is whether PGA champion Brooks Koepka, the No. 1 player in the world, will be ready to go. "Two guys who have won Presidents Cup and Zach, who will be a future captain". He finished T47 at The Players Championship and missed the cut at the PGA Championship, too.

Woods did not say what kind of contingency plan he had if Koepka couldn't make it. "Let him focus on that".

While his improved play will certainly be a boost, Woods said it's Reed's energy in worldwide competitions that can really make a difference.

Reed was told in a phone call the night before due to the time difference between America and Turkey, where he's playing at the Turkish Airlines Open, but he admits he'd known he was in the team for around a week.

Royal Melbourne is where the worldwide team had its only victory in 1998.

Woods will play in his ninth Presidents Cup, while Reed - who missed out on automatic qualification for the U.S. team - will appear for a third time. The U.S. Team has only one loss in Presidents Cup history. Woods will be the first playing captain since 1994, the first edition of the tournament.

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