Unless Tiger Woods plays his way onto the U.S. Ryder Cup team this week with a stellar performance at Whistling Straits, and that doesn't seem very likely, there is only one choice for captain Corey Pavin to make: Leave Tiger home in October.
I can hear the skeptics now: Are you crazy, keeping Woods, arguably the greatest player in the history of the game, on the sidelines? Even a faltering Woods surely must be better than a Stewart Cink or a Sean O'Hair or whomever else Mr. Pavin might choose as his four captain's picks.
No, I am not crazy, but Pavin will be if he goes with Woods. Let's face it, this year is a total waste. It seems that those who suggested Tiger skip the year were on target, after all. To me, the signature moment came on Saturday after a poor chip shot left him in the rough near the green. He walked up to his ball, and hit it almost immediately. That's not Tiger Woods. That's never been Tiger Woods. That's the poor soul who occupies his body in this most troubling time for him.
He'll get his game back to what it used to be, or at least close to it, but not this year, and certainly not when the U.S. faces Europe at Celtic Manor in Wales. Woods cares about majors, not Ryder Cups, and this year would be no different. And imagine if he does play poorly over there. Something tells me the crowds wouldn't be too sympathetic.
Besides, the U.S. team did just fine without him at Valhalla.
- Tiger Woods