Ryder Cup - Woods picked for Ryder Cup team
Eurosport - Tue, 07 Sep 15:40:00 2010
Tiger Woods has been named as one of Corey Pavin's wildcard picks for the US Ryder Cup team to face Europe at Celtic Manor in October.
The world number one has endured a torrid year that has seen his marriage fall apart and his on-course form desert him, but Pavin decided to pick him for the side alongside fellow wildcard choices Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler.
"It's great to be part of this team - I'm honoured to get over to Wales to go and represent the USA in the Ryder Cup," said Woods.
"I'm looking forward to going over and having a great time with the team, and hopefully bringing the Cup back.
"A couple of months ago I was trying to make the team on points, but I didn't. The last two events I played, I played much better and here we are. I think my game is not that far away."
Pavin claimed that the decision to pick Woods had been left late - as had all his wildcard picks.
"I waited and waited and waited," he said. "Obviously I was pleased to see him start playing better.
"Did I ever have any doubt? I didn't really think about it very much. I was just waiting and watching."
European Ryder Cup skipper added his endorsement to Pavin's decision to pick Woods.
"I am delighted to see Tiger Woods amongst Corey's selections - the Ryder Cup is a better event with him in it," said the Scot.
Of Pavin's other picks Cink and Johnson are both former Major winners who have previous Ryder Cup experience, but 21-year-old Rickie Fowler was a surprise addition to the team.
Fowler, a former Walker Cup player, has had a superb season in his first full year on the US Tour, but finished down in 20th place on the team qualification list.
"He's deserving," Pavin said of the richly talented prospect who has been a US PGA Tour runner-up twice this year.
"It just came down to feelings. I have a gut feeling about Rickie. That's the way I went.
"I think he can handle (the pressure). I think he's a very mature young man. He's got a very steady head on his shoulders."
Fowler was delighted.
"It was hard to sleep last night but this is awesome to be selected," he said. "I have to thank Corey for giving me the opportunity to go over there, being a young player. It is a pretty special opportunity."
Montgomerie praised Pavin's other choices as well as backing his decision to select Woods.
"Corey has used his four picks to good effect," he added. "The American side has an excellent blend of youthful talent alongside some seasoned Ryder Cup campaigners."
US Ryder Cup team (wildcard picks in italics)
European Ryder Cup team (wildcard picks in italics)
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