Tiger in US Ryder Cup team

2010-09-07 17:32

New York - World number one Tiger Woods was chosen by Corey Pavin as one of the four captain's picks for the US Ryder Cup team on Tuesday.

Woods was named as a wildcard pick along with Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink and Rickie Fowler for a clash against the European team on October 1-3 at Celtic Manor.

"I asked him (Woods) last night if he wanted to be part of the team and he said 'absolutely,'" Pavin said. "I am happy that he is very excited about playing and he wants to be on a winning team."

It will be the sixth Ryder Cup team for Woods, but the first one in which he needed a captain's pick to make it.

The 14-time major winner Woods had finished atop the Ryder Cup standings every time since his first team in 1997 - though he missed the 2008 victory as he was recovering from knee surgery. He has 71 victories on the PGA Tour but a poor record in the Ryder Cup.

"I always love playing in Ryder Cup, being part of the team," Woods said. "It is an experience you will never forget.

"It is one of those things I have been looking forward to. It is nice my game is coming around. I feel my game is not very far away. It makes it a lot easier going into a pressure-packed environment."

Woods and the three other wildcard picks will be joined by Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Jeff Overton and Matt Kuchar.

While Woods' selection was not a surprise, Pavin's decision to pick Fowler was.

Fowler is the first PGA Tour rookie to make the American team.

The 21-year-old has three runner-up finishes in his 11 months as a professional but had an excellent record as an amateur in the Walker Cup, winning seven of his eight matches.

The United States won the Ryder Cup two years ago at Valhalla and will be attempting in Wales to win for the first time overseas since 1993 at The Belfry.


  • Johan - 2010-09-07 18:30

    A pathetic decision for the world golf image!

  • jac - 2010-09-07 19:15

    @ Johan. You surely have hair on the palms of your hands...

  • dilligaf - 2010-09-07 21:11

    @ jac @ Johan. maybe he'll get a grip!!

  • Bob - 2010-09-08 09:35

    Bit of a surprise pick really, he is very average when it comes to match play and thats when he is on form !!!, not a team player and certainly wouldn't be in my team, the fact I don't like the guy has nothing to do with my sentiments, I think choosing the Fowler lad is what the Ryder cup is all about, get some excitement going not Mr misery

  • grahamebz - 2010-09-08 13:15

    like him or not Woods added an interest to golf that is quite unprecedented He drew and still draws the crowds The only previous total craze "for watching golf" was in the 1970's when THE BIG THREE Palmer Player and Nicklaus were competingThe sport needs a super star

  • Richard - 2010-09-08 20:03

    @ Johan, very clever comment - not. I suppose you are the type of guy who would have left Kobe Bryant (cheated on wife) off the Lakers team (2010 NBA Championship); John McEnroe (lambasted linesmen, wife on Coke) off the US Davis Cup teams in the 1980's, and all the footballers who screw around off World Cup teams. Aus should probably now also consider leaving Stephanie Rice off the Aus swim team for calling the Springboks a homophobic name. You don't choose teams/sport people based on their private life. The image of world golf is not based on one guy. Tell me, which of you golf fans are NOT going to watch the Ryder Cup because Tiger Woods was selected??!!!! I thought so... Go USA!!

  • Richard - 2010-09-09 06:52

    @ Bob, Interesting comment, but I suggest you learn how to use google before you make a comment. I agree that record in the President's Cup and Ryder cup has been average, but he is also paired to play the best in these competitions. You have to look at TW's overall career matchplay record. Tiger Woods has an excellent matchplay career record. 3 times winner of US Amateur, most dominant match play player since Accenture World Golf Championships started. These are all matchplay competitions. Also, this is the only Ryder Cup since 1997, where Tiger has had to rely on a Captain's pick (it's bee a rough year for TW, although self induced) - before this, he topped the points standings going into the Ryder Cup competition. Surely, that merits consideration of a Captain's pick. Fellow Ryder Cup team members credit TW for inspiring them - so much for not being a team player. And then there is World No. 1 ranking, 72 US PGA Tour events, inc 14 majors, 95 wins world-wide, the most dominant player of our time. You don't think he deserves a Captain's pick??!!!

  • Bob - 2010-09-09 13:36

    @Richard, you make some fair comments, you don't need to get snotty I do know how to use Google, I just don't spend my time drooling over the misery Mr Woods or his record, I make no bones about it I don't like him, he is nothing but a self centred miserable git, I just love the old characters and wonderful sportsmen Nicklaus, Palmer, Seve, Trevino, Seve would have loved nothing better than whooping him he just loved giving it to the yanks.

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