Should Tiger Play at Ryder Cup?
By mustang6560 on 5/25/10
by Nathan Trifone, oobgolf Contributor

Other than a fourth place finish at the Masters, Tiger has had a rough start to his 2010 season. Sidelined most recently with a neck injury, Tiger's woes may jeopardize his spot on the Ryder Cup team.
Tiger Woods isn't an automatic selection for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, captain Corey Paving told Reuters after the final round of the Byron Nelson Championship.

The team will be made up of eighth automatic qualifiers and four captain's picks.

"I'm not going to treat Tiger any different than any other player," Pavin told Reuters. "He's certainly not going to be an automatic pick.
As tempting as it is to root against Tiger, Paving would be foolish to over-look him to be one of the 12 that represents the USA in Wales in October. You to have fill your roster with the 12 best players and Tiger is clearly better than most, even on an off day.

I think Pavin is just trying to create some hype for the Ryder Cup. I can't blame him, though. Who knows, this may motivate Tiger to come out firing on all cylinders when he returns next week. Just don't be surprised when you see Tiger lace up in the fall.

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Kickntrue says:
I think you can make the argument that he isn't great for team chemistry but I don't know how you don't take him.
mustang6560 says:
team chemistry is good on a basketball team. but a golf team? don't think the camaraderie of a golf team is as important.
brianshaffer32 says:
He's Tiger Woods
Kickntrue says:
@mustang- i dunno. they hang out together all week. they play off each other's emotions with alternate shot. then again- based on Tiger's history- i'd think he could spice a week of hanging out with the boys up a bit!
mjaber says:
As long as you group Tiger with Stricker for the team matches, everything will be fine. If you're going to put Tiger with anyone else, I'd think about leaving him off the team.
sigmapete1 says:
What about the fact that Tiger just isn't playing good golf lately? The whole idea of captain's picks is to go with the hot hand. Would you really want to play alternate shot with a guy that has a 50/50 shot of either bombing it down the middle or hitting it 3 fairways over? That would unnerve anyone and give a lot of confidence to the Euros.
mustang6560 says:
@sigmapete1- good point. but i think Tiger will find his groove before october.
ToddH says:
Yeah I have to agree with how can you NOT take Tiger? Ok yes hes pretty much every form of bad this side of awful compared to the old Tiger but still, just media coverage alone would make it worth it. Eventually he's either got to get better or quit.
mantajim says:
I have to agree with Pavin. If Tiger is not an automatic pick, then Pavin has to ask 'What have you done lately.' Lately Tiger sucks. Maybe he won't suck when it's time to pick, but maybe he still will.
Banker85 says:
Do people forget he is the #1 player in the world? Pavin is an absolute idiot if he doesn't pick Tiger.
Clint24 says:
Him trying to come back to Memorial and then be on the team just shows how shallow he is. After leaving TPC Sawgrass, its was easy to believe that he was hurt, but something kept telling me that he knew he couldn't win. And now, what three-four weeks later, he wants to come back? That just tells me that he's weak and shallow. He was too shallow to finish out a storied tourny, and now wants to play again. If I were the captian for the Ryder Cup team, I wouldn't even ponder the question whether or not to put him on the team- I don't know how well his work ethic is anymore and I wouldnt want all his news distracting the rest of the team.
cheymike says:
'I wouldn't even ponder the question whether or not to put him on the team' Which explains exactly why Clint is not captain of the Ryder Cup team. LOL! Tiger is still capable of being the #1 golfer in the world. Now to see if he lives up to it between now and pick time. That will depend on his mental attitude and if he got his physical problems worked out. If not, then I definitely agree he shouldn't be on the team. But if he does, it would take a complete idiot to not consider him.
Shooter McGavin says:
Clint24 - you have got to be kidding me.
c5agalb says:
Elin is taking the kids and $750 million, I think that's on his mind more than golf. Tiger doesnt play well when he's emotionally tormented like he is now. It'll take a long time before he is playing like the #1 golfer in the world again, if ever.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Of course, the people who would benefit *most* if Tiger gets on the team are all at NBC Sports. Ratings, y'know?

As for Tiger, we've seen a few episodes in the past where he has used anger as a motivational to make a charge or two on the golf course. Lance Armstrong has done the same at the Tour de France. Channeling his rage correctly, Tiger could (in theory) make life miserable for the European team.
Optimus Prime says:
All I have to say is that if Pavin don't pick Tiger, the team better win. He will never live that decision down.
Mr H says:
I hope to God that he picks him, because I'm already salivating at the prospect of a head to head with young Rory on the Sunday.
legitimatebeef says:
Ok that makes sense, Corey Pavin gonna treat tiger no different than any other player. Suddenly those 71 PGA wins including six last year bear no weight. Just because someone had a marital infidelity problem, now years of winning titles and playing exceptional golf, not to mention being a Ryder cup/president's cup veteran suddenly mean nothing. OK. Sounds to me like Corey Pavin is going out of his way to prove something about himself. This is why I hate the Ryder Cup. I actually like the match competition itself, but all the attendant hoopla is so pointless and irritating and gets blown way out of proportion.
Swingem says:
I think we can agree that Corey Pavin is no idiot. He simply said that TW wasn't automatic for the Ryder Cup. TW was a huge draw, and a helluva competitor, now he's like the Baby-Ruth bar in the swimming pool. Maybe he can get it together and play his way onto the team. That remains to be seen. Pavin would have been a fool to answer any differently then he did.
Banker85 says:
Even Jack Nicholas said pavin needs a brain scan!
nswynnerton says:
Who cares what Jack Nicholas said? Now if Jack Nicklaus had said it...
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