A few months ago, U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples said that he expects any player who he chooses with one of his two wild card selections for the matches in November at Royal Melbourne to first join him in an appearance at the Australian Open in Sydney the week prior. Couples said that prerequisite would even apply to Tiger Woods and, according to a report from the Herald-Sun, Woods will oblige.
The paper reported Woods will play at The Lakes the week prior to the Presidents Cup, saying officials could announce the deal as soon as Monday in America. On Sunday night, a Golf Australia official confirmed to GolfTalkCentral that Woods will play in the event and an announcement is expected shortly.
The Herald-Sun report says the New South Wales government will pick up the tab for Woods’ appearance fee.
In each of the last two years, Woods has signed on to play the IMG-run JBWere Masters for some $3 million per appearance. He won in ’09 – his last worldwide win – and backed into a top-10 last year.
With Woods in the Aussie Open, it would seem to indicate a tip of Couples’ hand that he will select Woods if he does not qualify for the Presidents Cup team on his own.