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.