A berth at the Presidents Cup team may still be waiting for Tiger Woods despite his disastrous performance at the PGA Championship.
There are still two captain’s picks for the event this November and reporters were told by U.S. Captain Fred Couples at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship that he still hopes to award one the two picks to Woods.
“I really want him on the team based on in my opinion he’s been the best player for 10 straight years,” Couples said. “I don’t think you can just push him down because maybe he’s not playing as well as 20 other guys who can end up getting picked.”
While he has not spoken to Woods yet since he missed the PGA cut, he has however spoken with Mark Steinberg, Wood’s agent, who told him that Tiger wants to play. However, he said, Woods has to compete before his next scheduled event at the Australian Open, to qualify.
“We’re going to figure out a way to get this done,” Couples said. “In my opinion for him to play I think he needs to play a little bit. He just can’t show up the week before in Australia.”
Couples was quoted by Golf Digest as saying “From what I see, he’s looking to turn it around quicker but not playing much golf. He may read that and say, ‘Screw him.’ I mean, he’s my favorite player. But to get better, you gotta play.”
This means that to qualify, Woods has to play in one of the lesser Fall Series events of the PGA Tour after the Tour Championship, or play in Europe. Woods will most likely drop from his current 28th on the point list before Couples make his picks. Among those being eyed for the picks are Rickie Fowler who is 11th and Keegan Bradley who is at 18th.