U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin recently stated that Tiger Woods would not automatically make the 2010 team.
"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."
Hmmmm. Interesting strategy.
"He's just going to be treated like everyone else. I'd love to have him on the team but I want him to be playing well."
First off, why is Pavin making these comments now? They are pointless. Tiger still has three major championships to play, as well as 5-7 regular events before the Ryder Cup even begins. Why not see if he turns his game around over the summer before making this statement?
Plus, we're talking the number one player in the world, 14 majors, years of experience on Ryder Cup teams, not to mention probably being the best match play golfer of all time. He did go 5-0 last year at the Presidents Cup.
Even if Tiger is still struggling with his game at the time, there is no way there are 12 Americans that would be better than him.
Jack Nicklaus weighed in on the topic and had this to say.
"He’d need a brain scan if he left Tiger out of the team. Of course he should pick Tiger. The truth is that Tiger is going through some personal problems, which I’ve nothing to say about, and he’s also got some problems with his game, which he’s going to have to resolve himself. But Tiger will be in the team, I have no doubt.”