October 31, 2011
Can we just go ahead and play the damn Presidents Cup already? Please? At this point, I'd be satisfied whether Tiger runs the table in every match or sets the first tee box on fire. (Preferably both.)
But the other half of the likely marquee Presidents Cup duo, Steve Stricker, is even more of an X-factor at this point than Woods, because at least we have low expectations for Tiger. Stricker could do anything from stomp all over the International team to pull out and make way for Keegan Bradley.
Speaking to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (visor tip: Waggle Room), Stricker defended captain Fred Couples' pick of Woods against criticism from Greg Norman, among many others: "I think it's a good thing," Stricker said. "I don't know why Greg said what he did. He did basically the same thing with Adam Scott a couple years ago when Adam wasn't playing well. It kind of turned Adam's game around. So I don't know where that came from ... I talk to Tiger through texting every now and then. He's really excited. We're looking forward to it. I think he'll be ready, too. He'll find a way to get it done. When you play him one on one, he'll find a way. Just like at the Ryder Cup last year. He trounced the guy he was playing (Francesco Molinari of Italy, 4 and 3, in singles). He loves match play."
First: Tiger still texts? Huh. Bet he's a lot more careful with that these days. Second, Stricker is right: When Tiger can laser in on somebody, he still has the talent to take them down.
For his part, Stricker intends to play; a herniated disk in his neck has reportedly improved. The condition forced him out of the BMW Championship in September, but he's been working with a chiropractor to get strength back. Sorry, Keegan.