The only way United States captain Fred Couples can justify the inclusion of Tiger Woods into the Presidents Cup team in November is for Woods to get more tournaments under his belts before November and the latter is considering playing later this year in a US Tour Fall Series.
Woods, who failed to qualify for the FedExCup play-offs, is set to take part in the Ryder Cup-style Presidents Cup in Australia but that is scheduled on November 17 to 20, the same month as the Presidents Cup.
“I’ve had some conversations with U.S. captain Fred Couples, and we’ll see how it goes. Of course, I want to be on the team. I’m just going to keep practising and try to get better,” Woods said in a blog posted on his website.
“It’s Freddie’s call, and he can make any choice he wants. I might add another PGA Tour event to my schedule. Right now, I’m looking at my options.”
The former world number has been on every US Presidents Cup team since 1998. But despite the challenges he has been facing in the course including a slip-down to 36th in the rankings, ever since a controversy marred his career and his marriage, Couples is bent on making Woods part of the team.
Couples, who made history again when he won last week’s Senior Players Championship, said he wants Woods on the team if he is willing to do what it takes to justify his inclusion.
“He can’t just show up the week before in Australia,” Couples said. “I have made it clear that whoever I picked will be playing the Australian tournament the week before. But I need him to play more than just there.”
Among the options available to Woods include the Tour’s Fall Series and the European Tour’s late-season events. In the Fall Series alone, Woods has the option to go for the Disney Classic in Florida which is his home state, and the Las Vegas Open which is where he won his firs Tour title in 1996.
Aside from his left knee and Achilles tendon injuries, which left him sidelined for three months, Woods also lack practice. He is also working on his fourth swing change since he started his career, with the help of coach Sean Foley.