Tiger Woods says he wants to play on the Presidents Cup team and might add another PGA Tour event to his schedule, which would mean playing in a second-tier Fall Series event.
They might be related issues, actually.
Writing on his website on Monday, Woods said he is laying low at the moment after missing the cut at the PGA Championship and skipping last week’s event in Greensboro, N.C., which ensured he was ineligible to compete for the next five weeks during the FedEx Cup series, which he won twice previously.
The fading former world No. 1, now 36th in the world ranking, sounds as though he has the Presidents Cup event in Australia on his radar, and it’s an event that could go a long way toward rehabbing his image. As it stands, he will be in Australia, site of the matches, already – he is playing in the Aussie Open the preceding week, Nov. 10-13.
Woods said he first will play in a benefit tournament with former Stanford mate Notah Begay on Aug. 31 in Verona, N.Y. Then comes a corporate obligation in Asia, followed by the Aussie Open.
“And hopefully I'll get picked for the Presidents Cup team,” Woods said. “I've had some conversations with U.S. captain Fred Couples, and we'll see how it goes. Of course, I want to be on the team.
“It's always fun to play for your country, and we did pretty well two years ago in San Francisco. I'm just going to keep practicing and try to get better. It's Freddie's call, and he can make any choice he wants.”
Well, yes and no. Knowing that Woods is already scheduled to be there, Couples will be hard-pressed not to add Woods beforehand. Couples last week told media that he's asked that Woods add another tournament before the Australian Open, for which he will receive a reported $2 million. But Couples will make his captain’s picks on Sept. 26, before the Fall Series begins, and before he can see Woods play again.
Woods seemingly has heard the message from the U.S. captain, too.
“I might add another PGA Tour event to my schedule,” he said. “Right now, I'm looking at my options.”
Woods indicated that he hasn’t yet hired a new caddie to replace Steve Williams, either.
“I haven't decided on a new caddie yet, but am definitely thinking about it a lot. There's a few guys I'm looking at, but it all depends on timing. At this point, I'm in no hurry to make a decision. What am I looking for? Two things: A person with a lot of experience, and a person I'll have fun with.”