Tiger Woods to Make Call on U.S. Presidents Cup After Failing to Qualify For PGA Tour Championship
Tiger Woods has not ruled out playing at the Presidents Cup after failing to qualify for the PGA Tour Championship. While Woods ended his season with an even-par 72 at the BMW Championship in Medinah, Illinois on Sunday, he still reflects on his achievements earlier in the season.
“Very special to have won my 15th major and get my fifth jacket,” Woods said. “Those are special moments, and to be able to have an opportunity like that … and the rest of the tournaments I didn’t really play as well as I wanted to, but at the end of the day, I’m the one with the green jacket.”
Woods needed a much lower score if he wanted to qualify in the FedEx Cup standings to be one of the 30 who qualifies for the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta. His tie for 27th was his worst finish in tournaments from this year as a whole for tournaments he made the cut on. He seemed to be doing alright with scores of 71 throughout the first two rounds and a 67 on a Sunday. However, he made only one birdy and could not continue his momentum he built on the previous days.
“Last year culminated in a pretty special moment for me and would have been nice to go back there,” Woods said. “But I’ll be watching the guys on TV.”
While he did not make the team as a top automatic qualifier among the eight at Australia’s Royal Melbourne on December 12-15 in Australia, Woods still has some tricks up his sleeve in selecting four captains.
“My job as the captain to put together the best team possible and try and put together the best 12 guys,” Woods said. “That’s what I’m trying to do. We’ll be going through the whole process of having open communication with our top eight guys and my vice captains.” He said this is something that is his current focus.
“That’s what I’m trying to do,” Woods said. “We’ll be going through the whole process of having open communication with our top eight guys and my vice captains.” He said one of the factors is deciding whether he will play himself in it.
“That is something we will certainly talk about, whether I should play or not play,” Woods said. “Ultimately, it’s going to be my call whether I do play or not as the captain. But I want to have all of their opinions before that decision is made.” Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Matt Kuchar are already on the USA outfit but there’s the potential of others joining them such as Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth. Some could be using a baseball clock to wake up.
“We talked about how important it is to be committed to the team and to the event and to each other, and that means playing and being prepared,” Woods said. “The only time that we have ever lost a Cup was in Australia (1998), and quite frankly, some of the guys didn’t play or practice that much. It was our off-season, and we got beat pretty badly.” He continues to remind his fellow players to keep taking chances as professionals.
“it’s something that I try to reinforce to the guys, that it is important to be solid, be fresh, and to be sharp because we’re going overseas and we’re playing against an amazing team, and it’s on their soil,” Woods said. “These guys are going to be tough to beat. So we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
The US Team has never lost since 1998 at Royal Melbourne with a 10-1-1 record. The International team has four rookies from its eight automatic selections for team play. They have said they will use new tactics, as demonstrated and led by Ernie Els. None of them involve a baseball clock yet. Previously, the two teams met with a 19-11 dismantling, where the Cup was almost secured before singles on Sunday.
Everything is pointing toward a US team victory and the only person without a win in 2019 has been Webb Simpson.
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