Should Presidents Cup captain Couples use a pick on Woods?

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 15, 2011, 2:00 pm

After missing the cut at the 93rd PGA Championship, Tiger Woods dropped to 28th on the U.S. Presidents Cup points list. Ineligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs, he will not compete in any of the four final Cup qualifying tournaments. U.S. captain Fred Couples has already said that he would use one of his two wildcard picks on Woods as long as he is healthy. But, should he?

By RANDALL MELL

Yes, Tiger Woods is one of my captain's picks, even off his form.

As long as he is telling me he wants to be on the U.S. Presidents Cup team, that he believes he can get himself ready, I am picking him.

Hey, it isn't as if Woods just missed his eighth cut in a row. His missed cut at the PGA Championship was just the eighth missed cut of his professional career. He isn't Ian Baker Woods just yet.

And weren't we having this same conversation a little more than a year ago when Woods stunk it up at the WGC-Bridgestone and hard questions were being asked about his worthiness for the Ryder Cup? Ask Francesco Molinari if Woods was worthy of that American team. Woods routed Molinari, 4 and 3, in singles at Celtic Manor. Woods was 3-1 in the team event.

Also, this is Tiger Woods. Unless Fred Couples puts Jack Nicklaus on the team, Woods will have more major championship titles on his resume than the rest of the American team combined.

I'm not saying Woods has earned a lifetime exemption to make this team, but based on what he has given the game, he's earned the right to make this decision for me. Mostly, Woods is on my team because if he felt he wasn't worthy, I'd trust him to tell me. If he wants to play for me, no way I am not picking him.

Woods is on my team because I believe he has time to shore up his game now that he appears healthy. He is also on my team because it is great for the game of golf to have him in the biggest events.


By REX HOGGARD

No. U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples has been rather clear on this, if Tiger Woods can remain upright for 18 holes and has a valid passport he will be on this year’s team when the matches travel to Australia. But he shouldn’t be.

Those who say Woods’ Presidents Cup record, 18-11-1, and his power pairing with Steve Stricker two years ago at Harding Park, 4-0 in team play, is enough to rate a captain’s pick have allowed history to cloud reality.

Since his withdrawal from May’s Players Championship with injury, Woods has posted one out of six PGA Tour rounds under par, tied for 37th at the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and missed the cut woefully at the PGA Championship with rounds of 77-73, and there were few signs of progress at Atlanta Athletic Club. Just ask Woods.

“I'm not at a point that I can let it go,” he said.

Couples announces his picks on Sept 26 and Woods will not play a Tour event before then, which means “Captain Cool” must base his decision on recent performance.

Compounding the problem is the format at the matches. Everyone plays at the Presidents Cup, there is no room to hide a struggling star, and no good reason for Woods to be on the team.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.