Tiger Woods will resist calls to have his players prepare for next year's Presidents Cup at the Australian Open.
The only win by the Internationals in the biennial event's 25-year history was in Melbourne in 1998, when Woods was on the losing side.
Woods said the experience of 1998 at Royal Melbourne, when he was part of the only USA team to lose to the Internationals, illustrated how important it was that the Americans were ready to go.
For that reason his tournament may finish on the Saturday instead of Sunday to allow more time for practice after the trip to Royal Melbourne that week.
"My job is to make sure that my guys are prepared, they're still playing and they're fresh late in the year", Woods said.
But Woods cited a lack of recent play as one of the contributing factors to the American loss in 1998, and with next year's matches played in mid-December he made it clear he hopes his roster of players will stay sharp, even if they don't join him at Albany for the limited-field Hero World Challenge. That's an obvious one. But we'll see what happens.
'We have to figure out some logistical things between now and then, ' the 14-time major champion told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.
"Being a vice-captain the last couple years, you realise you really don't control the play".
"The guys took quite a bit of time off and quite frankly we weren't prepared to play, and we got smoked".
The Americans have won 10 of the 12 previous Presidents Cups over the global team, with the matches in South Africa in 2003 tied.
With Royal Melbourne to host the Presidents Cup in December next year, organisers of the Australian Open, which will be played the week prior, would have been hoping to attract some of the game's biggest stars, such as world No.1 Brooks Koepka and fan favourites Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. "It's the same golf course".
Today he did the rounds of the morning television programs and radio shows before a full-scale media conference in the open air beside the Yarra River, where accreditation was required - a rarity for a mere interview opportunity.
"(Royal Melbourne) is one of the most unique courses you can play; it's so short, so fast and so tricky.
But with just eight spots on the roster going to automatic qualifiers - and with Woods now sitting 16th on the list - a playing position could hinge on one of four captains' picks. "Hopefully I'm part of the top eight. If not, then myself and my vice captains are going to have to figure out - as well as the other top eight players - who are the next four guys that will be best served to be part of this team, to come down here and compete", he said.
'I don't know if I'll be a part of that conversation either way, as a player, but as a captain, yeah, I'll be a part of it'.