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Added August 18th, 2011 by Chalk

Couples: Tiger “Needs” to Play More to Make Presidents Cup Team
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Fred Couples, the US team captain for this year’s Presidents Cup, says he still wants to use one of his two wild card picks on Tiger Woods, but Tiger needs to play more between now and November to justify a spot on the roster. Couples, speaking at a senior event in New York, also thought Tiger clearly wasn’t ready for last week’s PGA Championship, where the 14-time major winner struggled and missed the cut.

“For [Tiger] to play [in the Presidents Cup in Australia], I think he needs to play a little bit,” Couples said on Tuesday. “He just can’t show up the week before in Australia.” At the moment, the next tournament Tiger is scheduled to play in is the Australian Open, one week before the Presidents Cup. Since Tiger is out of the top 125 in the PGA Tour standings, he’s not eligible to compete in the postseason tournaments through the Tour Championship, but he could go overseas, or play some Fall Series events after the Tour Championship.

More from Couples on Tiger:

I don’t believe in my heart that Tiger was ready to play at the PGA. He’s only played about 18 events in the past two years. Most of the other golfers have played 50. He needs to play to work on his game. As the Presidents Cup captain, this is the only time that I have control over Tiger. He still hates to lose. He just needs to play more. I want to figure out a way to get him on this team. …  I want Tiger Woods on the Presidents Cup team. In my opinion, he was the best player on the PGA Tour for 10 years. I can’t fault him because his game is a bit off right now. For me to say I wouldn’t choose him would be crazy. … I think Tiger would be great on the team. He won’t hurt it. I remember when I was picked to be on a Presidents Cup team by Jack Nicklaus one year. I was thrilled but my game wasn’t the best at the time. No matter who you pick as wild cards, you can’t make a mistake.

Couples also hinted that his other wild card pick might be Keegan Bradley, the rookie who won the PGA Championship last week. Right now the 10 automatic picks would go to: Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Nick Watney, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, David Toms, Hunter Mahan, Bill Haas and Jim Furyk.

 
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