With the Internationals boasting only two players in the world top 20, Els's young outfit face a huge task to win the trophy for the first time since 1998 against a powerful US team captained by Woods.
"If I had a chance to play him I think it's going to give me more excitement to win the match, more energy", said Niemann.
Woods was a big influence on Finau's developing a love for golf as he grew up in Salt Lake City's Rose Park neighborhood.
The Internationals will tee off at Australia's Royal Melbourne from December 12-15 against a star-studded USA captained by Woods, who is expected to pick himself when he unveils his four wildcards on Friday.
Woods, the reigning Masters champion, hasn't played in Australia since the 2011 edition of the Presidents Cup.
Tiger Woods will become the first playing-captain at the Presidents Cup since 1994, after choosing himself in the United States team for next month's tournament at Royal Melbourne.
Woods, the first playing captain at the Presidents Cup since Hale Irwin in 1994, acknowledged that his "dual roles" is going to be tough, but that he did not want to pass up the opportunity to lead the side.More news: Bengals' A.J. Green expected to debut Sunday
Tiger is the captain of the team and had to make the four final selections for the team that will face the worldwide team next month in Australia.
He does have a better record in the Presidents Cup though, winning 24, losing 15 with one tie.
Woods was introduced as captain in March 2018, when he was just returning from a fourth surgery on his lower back.
Els believes Woods, the world No. 7, will select himself for a wildcard after the 15-time major victor won the Zozo Championship in Japan late last month.
Woods said he was in regular contact with world No.1 Brooks Koepka, who's in some doubt after a recent operation on a torn patella tendon in his left knee.
"It's weird talking about yourself in the third person", the 15-time major champion said after reeling off a little of his bio to the media conference.
"But I just have to play one match (minimum) before singles.so it's about me getting an understanding of the guys and an understanding of the course. for all of us to see how it fits".More news: Amazon just confirmed its Black Friday device deals
"It's going to be a lot of work", Woods said.
Woods did not say what kind of contingency plan he had if Koepka couldn't make it.
"I said 'hold on, I haven't swung a club yet".
With Woods picking himself, the powerhouse US team will have seven of the world's top ten on-course in Melbourne.
"When it comes right down to it, like I told the guys, when you start out on Thursday, it's 0-0. He'll do anything to get a point for you".
The Internationals have won only once in the event's 25-year history - in Melbourne in 1998, captained by the late Peter Thomson.
The rest of the US team is Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson.More news: AMD gains on new Threadrippers, Athlon