August 25, 2011
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Well that sure took the drama out of it. On Thursday, bypassing the Sept. 26 date to make his two captain's picks, United States Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples said Tiger Woods will be on the team, despite the fact that Woods is currently 28th in points.
Strange? For most people, yes, but not really for Couples, who has continued to sing Tiger's praises even while his golf game has continued to plummet.
"I've told him that he's going to be on the team," Couples said just before a practice round preparing for the Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. "There is no reason for me to wait till Sept. 26 to pick Tiger. He's the best player in the world forever."
Still, having Tiger as a Cup pick this early seems strange. First, it kills the desire for those pushing for one of the two captain's picks. Look at a guy like PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, who has played incredible golf as of late. I'm sure a rookie like Bradley is focused on playing well at the FedEx Cup, but in the back of his mind is hoping good play might catch the eye of Couples. Now, he knows that only one spot remains, and it's a little disrespectful to a type of player like Keegan, who is having a year like this one, to potentially miss out because the current captain still sees Tiger for who he was.
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You can argue, as most have through this whole debate, that he is still Tiger Woods, but is he? The guy has two top 10s this year, has battled injury, and the last time we saw him play golf was missing the cut by a mile at the PGA Championship, the first time that's happened in his career. And while it is nice to have veteran presence on the team, wouldn't you rather have two guys that you picked playing great golf, and not a guy that used to play great golf?
Tiger has an impressive record at the Presidents Cup, and has some time to work out his golf swing before the November matches in Australia, but it still amazes me that people keep looking at the Tiger from four years ago and not the Tiger that currently sits in front of us. He's not one of the top-12 Americans currently playing golf, and if you argue that, you are just looking past this entire year.
You can blame Couples for the pick, or all the corporate pandering to have Woods on the team so that ratings skyrocket and people care again, but I can't agree with making this announcement now, and really can't agree with having him on the squad if you really wanted to board your best team on that chartered jet in three months.
Hopefully Tiger proves me completely wrong, but as of right now, I don't see it.
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