Mentality first heard Fred Couples guaranteeing Tiger Woods a spot on the Presidents
Cup team, it seemed exactly the right thing for the captain to do.
then, however, BM has become totally convinced that it is utter, unexcusable madness
that will do nothing to help anybody whose life does not revolve around TV
be paying to watch a golfer who, right now, simply can't hit a ball in anything
like a straight line. The competition will be hobbled as the US side effectively
plays with 11 and a half men. And the international team, who will be hot
favourites for the first time in the event's history, will have to experience the sourness of knowing that their
inevitable victory will be achieved against an under-strength opponent.
arguments weighed heavily upon BM's mind - and yet something in the back of our
head kept saying, nah, it's Tiger, you have to pick him and Couples is right.
push these thoughts to one side, BM decided to look at the list of US stars who
are out of the current top 10 in the points standings, and thus set to miss out
on the team. Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler (below), Zach Johnson and recently-crowned US
PGA champion Keegan Bradley are among those higher than Woods in the Presidents
Cup standings, yet set to be left behind when the match takes place at Royal
Even that wasn't
quite enough to completely silence that voice in the back of BM's head saying,
"c'mon, it's Tiger, you HAVE to pick him!"
Then, we read
the news of two golfers in very different circumstances to Woods, men who have who
been refused a spot on their teams for a top international match despite impeccable
The first player
is David Law, a young Scottish golfer who won the Scottish Amateur title this summer,
but has been left out of the Walker Cup team -- the amateur version of the biennial
Ryder Cup -- to face the USA in a couple of weeks' time.
As well as
playing solid golf over a sustained period, and as well as being a member of
host course Royal Aberdeen, the blazers of the R&A decided to leave Law
out, on "a hunch" in the words of captain Nigel Edwards. This hunch
also led Edwards to pick Irish player Alan Dunbar, despite the fact that Dunbar was
over 100 places below Law in the R&A's own amateur world rankings.
player is US college golf star John Peterson, who won the NCAA championship
this season, was ranked seventh best amateur in the world, and came within a shot of winning a Nationwide Tour
event just a few weeks ago, while still an amateur. Yet the
selectors on the other side of the pond have snubbed him for the US Walker Cup
decisions have been hailed across golf as utterly ridiculous, painful reminders
of the insane way that the R&A and USGA do things, even when it comes to the ultimate biennial showcase for amateur golf.
And after hearing about Law and Peterson, the voice in BM's head finally gave up its whisperings. The decision by Couples
to pick Tiger ahead of at least a dozen better-qualified candidates - every one
of whom would have enriched the Presidents Cup more than Woods - is just as
ridiculous as the decisions to snub Law and Peterson. And that is very
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Long-shot hope of the week
Couples justified his early selection of Tiger Woods for the Presidents Cup by
saying that Woods is " the best player in the world, forever."
That made BM
start hoping like mad that Couples is, one day, named captain of the 2050 Ryder
Cup team. We can't wait to see a stubborn, 91-year-old Couples insist on picking
a 76-year-old Tiger to face the new generation of players who drive it 400
yards with their pitching wedges and consider missing a putt from inside 30ft
an unthinkable disaster.
Enjoy him while you can of the week
McIlroy, who is playing the European Masters in Switzerland this week. It's
exactly the kind of week-in-week-out European tour event that he'll never see
again once he moves to the US next season.
Make hay while the sun shines of the week
US PGA champion Keegan Bradley, who has been doing the PR rounds and even got
to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game against the New
York Yankees at Fenway Park. He knows the score: if you're going to be a
one-hit wonder, make sure it's a good hit - and make sure you milk it while you
Surprising golf paraphernalia of the week
Gaddafi's golf buggy, which was found destroyed in his Bab al-Aziziya compound