United States captain Fred Couples said today at the Champions Tour stop in Washington state that Tiger Woods WILL be one of his captains picks for this November’s Presidents Cup:
“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.”
Couples, initially unaware the Woods had not qualified for this week’s FedEx Cup, told him by text message to find another tournament to play. Woods’ next scheduled appearance is not until the Australian Open, the week before the Cup.
“He has responded to that. I’m pretty sure you’ll see him one more time,” Couples said. “That’s enough for me. I know the last thing he wants to do is embarrass himself. I think he’ll be ready to play. Does that mean he’s going to go out and win every point? No, I don’t expect that. But I expect him to be sharp and ready to play. I would be shocked if he’s not.”
This is very good news for Tiger fans, for golf, for the US team and for Steve Stricker, who has been absolutely dominant in team competitions with Tiger as his partner in recent years.
Where that extra tournament will be, if Tiger plays one, is a different question. Tiger will most likely not qualify for the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, so I’d look for Tiger to play either the Las Vegas or Disney Fall Series events.