Back 9: Freddie Picks Tiger for Presidents Cup teamWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
The New York Post reported Aug. 26 that Presidents Cup Captain Fred Couples announced Tiger Woods will be one of his allotted picks for the team that will compete November 17-20 at Royal Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia.
“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.”
That leaves Captain Couples with only one pick remaining to fill the 12-man team. A very deserving player is going to get denied a spot on the team.
Presidents Cup Points List
Rank Player Points
1 Steve Stricker 13,783,403
2 Matt Kuchar 12,543,827
3 Phil Mickelson 11,920,047
4 Nick Watney 11,831,320
5 Dustin Johnson 10,481,897
6 Bubba Watson 9,763,499
7 David Toms 8,918,935
8 Webb Simpson 8,796,373
9 Hunter Mahan 8,624,612
10 Bill Haas 8,424,777
11 Jim Furyk 8,372,794
12 Rickie Fowler 7,479,081
13 Bo Van Pelt 7,262,583
14 Brandt Snedeker 7,138,263
15 Zach Johnson 7,079,980
16 Jason Dufner 7,055,408
17 Ryan Moore 6,899,113
18 Keegan Bradley 6,864,399
19 Mark Wilson 6,842,904
20 Jonathan Byrd 6,640,688
21 Ryan Palmer 6,500,754
22 Jeff Overton 5,921,385
23 Charles Howell III 5,857,117
24 Steve Marino 5,779,352
25 Gary Woodland 5,776,513
The top 10 on this list are automatically eligible. As you can plainly see, Tiger is nowhere to be found in the top 25. Who will receive Freddie’s one remaining pick? Rickie Fowler was a solid performer in the 2010 Ryder Cup. Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson are seasoned veterans with past Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup experience. Where does reigning PGA Champion, and the best young player on tour, Keegan Bradley fit in?
Since Tiger’s ugly incident with Elin’s back swing and the infamous fire hydrant in November of 2009, personal problems and injury have prevented Tiger from practicing and playing his best golf. He has fallen in the Official World Golf Rankings, refuses to play in lesser tour events and has embarrassed himself in tournaments that he has chosen to play. I’m not sure why Tiger would even want to put himself in front of all the cameras and scrutiny at a huge International event such as the Presidents Cup.
I’m sure that the PGA, The Presidents Cup Committee, and the TV network airing the matches will benefit with him on site. People will watch just to see the wreckage. Can you say NASCAR?
Tiger was No. 1 in the world for almost 13 years, and once he gets his head reattached to his body he will be a formidable player again. Right now, he is not. Other golfers deserve that spot.
Tiger needs to play in at least two PGA Tour Fall Series events and get his tournament legs and mindset back. He looked completely lost in the PGA Championship. He needs to be prepared when 2012 rolls around to make a strong run on Nicklaus’ 18 Majors Record over the next 10 years.
“Is he playing well right now? No. [But] he almost won [The Masters] four months ago,” Couples said. “When you’re the best player in the world for 12 straight years and you’re not on a team, there’s something wrong.”
You are right, Freddie, there is something wrong. Tiger is not Tiger right now. He has not earned a spot on this team and I’m not sure even with his past accomplishments that he should get a free pass now.
Do it the “old fashioned way” Tiger, “EARN IT”.