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Added August 26th, 2011 by Chalk

Tiger Woods Gets Early Presidents Cup Nod From Captain Couples
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Fred Couples saved us a month of speculation by announcing on Thursday that he would be using one of his two captain’s picks to have Tiger Woods on the US Team at this year’s Presidents Cup. Couples, the US captain, has until September 26 to finalize his picks, but told the media he had already spoken with Tiger and told the 14-time major winner he’d definitely be on the team going to Australia.

“There’s no reason to wait until Sept. 26 to pick Tiger,” Couples said on Thursday, speaking before the first round of the Champions Tour Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Washington. “He’s the best player in the world forever.” By that logic, Couples should have no qualms about making Jack Nicklaus his second captain’s pick.

Couples says he expects Tiger to be able to rise to the occasion:

He’s going to be ready. The last thing he wants to do is embarrass himself. I think he’ll be ready to play … I expect him to be sharp and ready to play, and I would be shocked if he’s not. … Is he playing well right now? No. [However,] he almost won [the Masters] four months ago, so you don’t do that by playing poor golf. In my opinion, when you’re the best player in the world for 12 straight years and you’re not on a team, there’s something wrong.’’

Again, the logic is a little shaky.  Tiger surely didn’t want to embarrass himself at the PGA Championship either, but missed the cut. Couples had recently said he wanted Tiger to play at least one more tournament before the Australian Open, which is held the week before the Presidents Cup. Couples now says that was just a request from captain to player. The US captain also says he has a playing partner in mind for Tiger — presumably Steve Stricker, who teamed with Tiger to go 3-0 in the 2009 Presidents Cup in San Francisco.

 
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