Tiger Woods and FedEx Cup winner Bill Haas were picked for the Presidents Cup by U.S. team Fred Couples while Aussies Aaron Baddeley and Robert Allenby were named to the international team by Greg Norman.
America’s captain Fred Couples had already made an announcement that one of the spots on his squad was reserved for Tiger Woods. Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas, and PGA Championship title holder Keegan Bradley vied for the second vacant spot, but Haas proved that he is worthy of a spot on the team by winning both the season-ending Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.
Aussie Norman also kept his promise to pick two compatriots who have already played at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club where the President Cup will be held in late November. With Allenby and Baddeley on the international squad, the number of Australians has increased to five – 2011 Masters runners-up Adam Scott and Jason Day as well as last year’s U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy have automatically qualified for the tournament.
But the player who will attract the most attention is Tiger Woods. The ex-world No. 1 severely dropped in the rankings since his last win in Australia in 2009 and even failed to make the cut for PGA Tour playoffs.
Despite Woods’ winless streak, Fred Couples put his faith in the golfer. And Woods feels like he deserves it and will be able to justify Couples’ trust. We will be able to see whether he has managed to regain his form at next week’s Fall Series tournament in California.