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Woods wants PrezCup slot, might add Fall event

Posted on: August 22, 2011 3:17 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 3:24 pm
 

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.”

Comments

Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Woods wants PrezCup slot, might add Fall event

Sounds like Tiger has reached a deal with Couples.



Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Woods wants PrezCup slot, might add Fall event

I, for one, hope he doesn't get selected.  The fact is that he does't deserve it.  He hasn't been playing well and has been AWOL for most of the last 1 3/4 years.  He's already been rewarded for his past play.  It's time to let others be rewarded for their current play.  These are prestiguious tournaments that almost all players want to participate in.  There are easily a dozen players who are more deserving, at this time, than Woods. Heck, if he's not selected, maybe it will be motivation to get his game together to get back to where he was. 

Of course, there's  the additional factor that Woods has not usually played well in these formats. 

Freddy, don't cave in!



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:45 pm
 

Woods wants PrezCup slot, might add Fall event

I agree that Tiger should not be included on the team. He has not earned it due to myriad of circumstances. I am not a lover of Tiger Woods, although my writing may lead you to believe I am. Tiger has not embraced his black heritage the way I feel he could have. I do think that when Black dudes step out of line like Michael Vick, Tiger, or even O.J. Simpson the larger society's reaction is a bit more animated. I think you are less sensitive to that reaction if you just happen not to be black. Blacks feel that extra bit of intolerance. One gentleman accused me of playing the race card. The race card has always been in play by whites. That is why blacks have been fighting for equality all these years. Yet, if a black person brings up race, the race card rhetoric comes out. Unfortunately, anytime a black man steps out of place is society, the reactions of whites is more animated than the norm. That is what I pick up about Tiger, Michael Vick, and so on. I do not like Tiger's personality but I think if I hung out with him and got to know him personally, I am certain he is just as personable as anyone else. The women he slept with are probably nice girls too. I do not see why anyone who does not know them would call them sluts and whores. I simply try to encourage people to get their point across in a civil and respectful manner. When people have a hard time doing that, who knows, it just may be a thing about race. One wonders, America has not reached a race race-neutral status. All the hatred may very well be race hatred. Yes I do agree with you that he should earn it. You come across as an intelligent person. We are able to communicate without coming from a dark place. You state your case without hurling insults about a person's personal life. When it gets personal, then you have to wonder what these other people have been smoking. 



Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Woods wants PrezCup slot, might add Fall event

My gosh JimminyXmasDude, what the heck have you been smoking.  People don't hate Tiger because he is black, or was good, or that he is hurt.  They hate him because he is an egotistical moron who thinks he is better than everyone else and treats EVERYBODY like dirt.   That works well when he is winning and everybody wants to kiss a little bit of his butt, but when he is losing it doesn't play well.  Tiger has not earned a place on the President's Cup team, but he thinks just because he is Tiger he should get special treatment.  I say give the spot to one of the young guys that have been starving for years, and working hard to get where they are now.   That is justice, no entitlement here.  NO ENTITLEMENT...TIGER SHOULD EARN IT.  I do not hate Tiger, but I do not like the person he is.  If he comes back next year and earns a spot that would be good for golf, and hopefully he would be a better winner now that he has tasted so much humble pie.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Woods wants PrezCup slot, might add Fall event

That is the problem. I am a human being full of compassion for the emotionally unstable people too busy hating to find clarity about human beings propensity to be human. Why do we need labels such as Americans, Arabs, black, white, Jewish, Latino? We need labels so we can see someone as different and maybe look at them negatively because of that perceived difference. No, Tiger has not been healthy enough to play up to his potential. No one mentions his injuries because they are too busy hating. Why is the quality of forgiveness so alien to people? Tiger's foundation has help more people than any of his haters have ever done. He had made mistakes but he has made a positive impact on many needy people lives. You say he is selfish because he is focused on being the best that he can on the golf course. From the hatred that spews forth, I would be afraid for my life if I was Tiger Woods. Why should it ever get to that point? It gets to that point because there are many that I am seeing has greater issues than Tiger Woods where a little anger management counseling should help. You people out there that are judgemental and angry are in no position to criticize anyone until you take a good look at yourself. These are the type of attitudes that led to the War in Iraq that cost deaths for Americans and Iraqi that was totally unnecessary. Our president lied to the American people and people died and lost their lives all around the world. My point is that hatred has no place in anyone's heart. Forgiveness is a lost art. Tiger is human and has a mother like you and I who loves him dearly. Think of her pain as she see her son trying to right a wrong. Golf is only a game that men get paid too much money to play. If we can get this bent out of shape about a human being that is a celebrity because he is good at playing golf that tells us a lot about the mentality of the people commenting in this column. We need a life and we need to get past one man's trangressions. Tiger's actions are no more disgusting than the video games you expose your children to; the internet porn his hater watch in the privacy of their homes; the smut that Hollywood produces year-in-and-year-out. For once, individuals should be the role model they expect celebrities to be and show their children the ability to be loving and forgiving. Be careful, your children may grow up to be like you are. I do not think you want them to practice hating as you do.
And welcome to Xanadu JimminyXmasDude. Life is what it is. Deal with it. Aside from all the criticism, the simple truth is that Tiger's game is not where it should be to be included as a participant in the President's Cup. The President's Cup is not an exhibition or fund raiser. Only the best American golfers should be considered for the team. Albeit Tiger's past golfing skills are impressive he has yet to show he is back to form. The Cup is not a place to practice or reignite such skills. I believe this is the topic for discussion. Personal / political feelings aside, I think you are missing the point.



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:02 am
 

Woods wants PrezCup slot, might add Fall event

Again yourefer to things that happened in the past. Tiger is no longer that person. He is intelligent and has learned from his mistakes. If you had love in your heart and the ability to discern the past Tiger for the learned Tiger. You would move past your anger and unforgiven mentality. C'mon impress yourself by being a better person. Give the man a chance to redeem himself. You would want that if you were in his shoes. A person can change.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:34 am
 

Woods wants PrezCup slot, might add Fall event

Dear Jiminy,

You can blame George Bush all you want and engage in the apologist's favorite gambit: excusing bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior.  Here it is, unvarnished and straight, no chaser:

Tiger Woods held himself up as a paragon, a shining example.  He swore a vow of fidelity to his wife and then screwed around with dozens of whores for years (and years).  He kissed his children goodnight with the same lips with which he lied to his wife and did things best unimagined to all those whores.  The man is bad to the core and that is inexcusable.  The fact that he is an arrogant, self-sentered egomaniac (ask any reporter, ask Steve Williams) is not the point here; it's not a nice thing to be but that's his business.  He has no consideration for anyone else, including his wife and children; all that mattered to him was indulging his ego and his libido.  The term morally bankrupt can be misapplied at times, but in Woods' case it fits like a golf glove. 



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:45 am
 

Woods wants PrezCup slot, might add Fall event

Maybe Tiger should go out to the Vineyard and play the Pres even up. Are there Cup points available for that? Make Obama putt out - I saw him take those four-foot, back-handed rake, Presidential gimmies on TV.



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:12 am
 

Woods wants PrezCup slot, might add Fall event

That is the problem. I am a human being full of compassion for the emotionally unstable people too busy hating to find clarity about human beings propensity to be human. Why do we need labels such as Americans, Arabs, black, white, Jewish, Latino? We need labels so we can see someone as different and maybe look at them negatively because of that perceived difference. No, Tiger has not been healthy enough to play up to his potential. No one mentions his injuries because they are too busy hating. Why is the quality of forgiveness so alien to people? Tiger's foundation has help more people than any of his haters have ever done. He had made mistakes but he has made a positive impact on many needy people lives. You say he is selfish because he is focused on being the best that he can on the golf course. From the hatred that spews forth, I would be afraid for my life if I was Tiger Woods. Why should it ever get to that point? It gets to that point because there are many that I am seeing has greater issues than Tiger Woods where a little anger management counseling should help. You people out there that are judgemental and angry are in no position to criticize anyone until you take a good look at yourself. These are the type of attitudes that led to the War in Iraq that cost deaths for Americans and Iraqi that was totally unnecessary. Our president lied to the American people and people died and lost their lives all around the world. My point is that hatred has no place in anyone's heart. Forgiveness is a lost art. Tiger is human and has a mother like you and I who loves him dearly. Think of her pain as she see her son trying to right a wrong. Golf is only a game that men get paid too much money to play. If we can get this bent out of shape about a human being that is a celebrity because he is good at playing golf that tells us a lot about the mentality of the people commenting in this column. We need a life and we need to get past one man's trangressions. Tiger's actions are no more disgusting than the video games you expose your children to; the internet porn his hater watch in the privacy of their homes; the smut that Hollywood produces year-in-and-year-out. For once, individuals should be the role model they expect celebrities to be and show their children the ability to be loving and forgiving. Be careful, your children may grow up to be like you are. I do not think you want them to practice hating as you do.



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Woods wants PrezCup slot, might add Fall event

“ I'm just going to keep practicing and try to get better.”


Never would have thought I'd hear Tiger say that. He's trying to hard, go back to the basics. Get rid of the new coach, go back to what worked.


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