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ICYMI: Expect Els to be next International captain

Ernie Els will be 50 years old when the 2019 Presidents Cup is played in December of that year. Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- After another drubbing at the hands of the Americans, who might be the next leader of the International team?

Nothing is official, but it certainly seems like South African Ernie Els is next on the list.

"It's been a very hard week for us, but like I say, I spoke to Ernie now," Price said. "He's going to be probably the captain the next time. I said, 'We've got to figure out what we're going to do the next time. You know, not everything is lost.'"

Els went so far as to say Sunday that, if selected to be the next captain, he'll consult previous captains about how he should do things the next time around. He even went into detail about items that he might change for the 13th playing of the Presidents Cup.

"Definitely [the] selection process," Els said about possible changes. "Maybe we should have our own selection process instead of us getting dictated by the PGA Tour that, you know, this is the process you have to follow. You know, there's 10 guys and then two picks. Maybe we should have our own format of picking six guys and six guys qualify, or eight guys. You know, change -- we really need to sit down and talk about it.

Earlier in the week, Els said he "would absolutely jump at the chance" to be the next Presidents Cup captain for the International team.

"I want to see the guys be successful," Els said. "That's why I agreed to come onto the team [as an assistant this year]. ... We've got a new generation of kids, and guys come through and they haven't been through the scars that some of the other guys have been through the years," Els said.

The "Big Easy" knows those scars well, playing on International teams that went a combined 1-6-1 against Team USA. In his Presidents Cup career, the 47-year-old Els played in the biennial matches eight times, most recently in 2013. He posted a personal record of 20-18-2 overall.

Els, the four-time major champion who is a captain's assistant this week for Nick Price, famously faced Tiger Woods in a playoff at the 2003 Presidents Cup that ended up in a tie in the South African twilight.

The 2019 Presidents Cup will be held in December at Royal Melbourne in Australia.


For the first time in Presidents Cup history, dating back to 1994, the sitting U.S. president handed out the trophy, when Donald Trump did the honors at Liberty National.

Earlier in the day, he watched the play at the 14th hole from the clubhouse in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Not sure if this is Marine One, but looks like President Trump is about to arrive here at the Presidents Cup as the helicopter flies over the clubhouse at Liberty National.

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President Trump takes in the Presidents Cup with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and former commissioner Tim Finchem from the clubhouse beside the 14th green at Liberty National Golf Club.

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What in the world was Kevin Chappell doing? Playing in the first match of Sunday's singles session, the American hit a shot into a TV tower. Yup, he had to go retrieve it.

It sounds like something out of Happy Gilmore, but on the 10th hole, Kevin Chappell's ball wound up in the TV tower. He examined various ways to play it from there for a few minutes, before ultimately conceding the hole to Marc Leishman in the opening singles match on the course.

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After their victory, Team USA's players enjoyed speaking to media. I mean ... they really enjoyed themselves, as is illustrated by Dustin Johnson asking questions of Jordan Spieth.

Jordan Spieth, the three-time major champion, took a little ribbing from his Team USA teammate Dustin Johnson on Sunday night at the Presidents Cup.
DJ had a question for Spieth, who lost his singles match Sunday.
"I've got a question for Jordan," Johnson said. "How does it feel to be 0-5 in singles (in Presidents Cups and Ryder Cups)?"
"I've won four of those five team events, so it is what it is," Spieth retorted.
"Have to give a little jab to Golden Child," came Johnson's reply.
Nothing like a little playful banter after a 19-11 trouncing of the International team at the Presidents Cup.

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