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Lefty: No issue with Tiger, still wants Bradley

Posted on: August 26, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2011 4:18 pm
 

EDISON, N.J. -- Phil Mickelson throttled back his Presidents Cup lobbying just a tad on Friday.

Two days after he said that rookie Keegan Bradley should be the first player selected with one of the two captain's picks for the cup matches in Australia this fall, Mickelson said he couldn't find fault with Fred Couples' surprisingly early decision to name Tiger Woods to the team.

Couples, the U.S. captain, said Thursday that he has already told Woods he's on the 12-man team, though the two at-large picks were not formally due to be announced for another month.

Bradley won the PGA Championship two weeks ago and has two victories in his first PGA Tour season. Points are accrued over two seasons and Bradley stands 18th on the U.S. list. Only the top 10 are assured berths.

"I still feel the same way and nothing has changed," Mickelson said, reacting to Couples' selection of Woods. "I don't have a problem with Tiger being picked.

"But I think that Keegan has had a great year and has only been able to get points for this season, and not last season. I think he deserves it for his play already."

It looks increasingly like Bradley might need the at-large pick. He shot 74 in the second round and missed the cut at The Barclays on Friday, so he won't be moving up the U.S. points list this week for sure.

On Wednesday, Mickelson offered some impromptu support for the rookie, a frequent playing partner in practice rounds: "This is his first year. Meaning he was not allowed to make Presidents Cup points [in 2010] and he's had arguably the best year for any U.S. player. I think he needs to be a pick if he doesn't get on it on his own."

Later that day, Lefty said he believed Bradley deserved to be named as the first pick. Obviously, with Couples' highly contentious decision to pick Woods four weeks early, that didn't happen.

As for why Couples didn't use the coming month to vet all of the players in the at-large pool before making a decision, Mickelson didn't venture a guess.

"I think you could argue either way," he said of Couples' move, "but there are a lot of good things that come from Tiger being on the team."

Woods is No. 28 on the U.S. points list.

Rising American player Gary Woodland, considered an at-large candidate while enjoying a breakout season, stands at No. 25 in points and said he had no issues with Woods getting the nod, either. In fact, Thursday's news was hardly a surprise based on what Couples told prospective team members three months ago.

Apparently, Couples has been locked in on Woods for several weeks, his freefall down the world ranking notwithstanding.

"He told us that [Woods was a likely pick] when he met with us back at the Memorial," Woodland said of Couples' intentions. "I've played sports long enough to know that you have to makes these teams outright or you put your fate in the hands of other people."

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Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 11:38 am
 

Lefty: No issue with Tiger, still wants Bradley

most of these players are "good family men"
K-R, BTW, only the ones I know personally.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 11:24 am
 

Lefty: No issue with Tiger, still wants Bradley

Natisaurus, you must be pretty naive to believe that most of these players are "good family men", which I take as your euphemism for "Christian", which in turn would explain your naivete. They may well be great daddys when they're at home, but on the road? Well that's another thing, and people can change their behavior as easily as changing hats. Do you think, for example, that Arnold Palmer was a good family man during his playing years? Dig a little deeper, you may learn something useful about human behavior.
Kingston Rick, be careful when you assume and label others you do not know. Arnold Palmer was married to Winnie Walzer Nov 1954 until she died in 1999. That does not say he was totally faithful during his life on tour but .....  your point is taken.

And your remarks on Tiger and Mickelson's comment?



 
 



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 11:17 am
 

Lefty: No issue with Tiger, still wants Bradley

Or maybe you think Tom Watson is the epitome of class? After all, he was jumping all over Woods for not "coming clean" after his numerous affairs.

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Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 10:54 am
 

Lefty: No issue with Tiger, still wants Bradley

Natisaurus, you must be pretty naive to believe that most of these players are "good family men", which I take as your euphemism for "Christian", which in turn would explain your naivete. They may well be great daddys when they're at home, but on the road? Well that's another thing, and people can change their behavior as easily as changing hats. Do you think, for example, that Arnold Palmer was a good family man during his playing years? Dig a little deeper, you may learn something useful about human behavior.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 10:21 am
 

Lefty: No issue with Tiger, still wants Bradley

The reason players aren't complaining is because many of them are living the same lifestyle and taking advantage of the second-best sport groupie scene (Formula One wins, and it isn't even close) in the world.  There simply aren't very many players who are without sin and want to cast the first stone.  Nobody wants to be "that person" who brings that particular "perk" under scrutiny.
No Monsieur Teres Minor, Many of them are not living the same lifestyle. In fact, most are good family men and consider their golf as a serious business. Check out the places where many are staying on tour - a great deal at rented homes with their families. You may have a few stray as in all sports but I challenge you to name the "many of them" and/or instances or occurrences that mirror TW's indiscretions - or John Daly. Besides, that has nothing to do with Couples pick.

Also, no Tour professional wants the kind of attention that it will bring if they say anything against Tiger Woods whether it be true or not. There is no secret to Mickelson and Woods relationship but it's just not worth the turmoil to add anything to that smoldering mess. I'm sure they are both past that anyway. Of course you are going to say "you have no problem with Couples including Tiger Woods to the Cup Team". To say anything else would not serve any purpose nor would it make for a pleasant Cup experience for the team. It is the only professional response we would expect from Phil or others on the team or even on the Tour.

The fact remains that TW has not been playing consistent golf of late and there is no reason to think all that will change in a few short months. He himself said he needs more reps to get back to form. Exhibitions and fundraisers won't cut it. He needs more Tour Events. It has nothing to do with his personal life or the color of his skin.

Was TW a great golfer? Yes. Will he be again? Highly probable but even Arnold Palmer said it will be very difficult to recapture that intangible that makes you a winner. Did he play well at the Masters this year? Yes, but he also had his issues finishing. Has he played medicore golf lately? Yes, with some flashes of brillance. Has all the changes of late - his swing, his caddy. his equipment, his physical condition, his family, and his practice made him a better golfer or brought him back to being one of the worlds best or at the least, competitive for such a competition? We don't really know. Do we take a chance? Freddie Couples says yes. My feeling is that it is not the right venue when so many are depending upon you. It is not like a Tour Event when you are on your own. It should not be as important as to how well you perfomed in the past as to how you are doing at present. Tiger should be a coach, not a player this time. I enjoy Tiger when he is at his best. Let's hope he does not embarrass Couples or hurt the team.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 9:06 am
 

Lefty has it right

Tiger is a good pick and Bradley would be a good pick for the other slot.  It's great to see that Phil understands that once a player is great, injuries and public opinion don't erase the things that made that golfer great overnight.  Basically, those who have been around the game have no problem with Tiger being selected.  Only casual fans and writers looking for controversy are really upset with this pick.   
 
Has anyone opened their eyes enough to notice that almost no tour players are criticizing Tiger for his personal life except those who are in Elin's inner circle?  Has anyone every stopped to ask themselves why, especially when, by all reports, Tiger is a bleephead in the locker room?  Has anyone considered that Tiger's dalliances might be standard operating procedure for a lot of tour players?
 
The reason players aren't complaining is because many of them are living the same lifestyle and taking advantage of the second-best sport groupie scene (Formula One wins, and it isn't even close) in the world.  There simply aren't very many players who are without sin and want to cast the first stone.  Nobody wants to be "that person" who brings that particular "perk" under scrutiny.
 
Golf, like other sports, still comes down to production in the arena of competition.  That is where the player with the second-highest amount of major wins in history should be judged: not for his personal shortcomings and not for the amount of pigment in his skin.  Tiger's biggest rival has no problem with his selection.  That speaks volumes about the wisdom of the pick.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Lefty: No issue with Tiger, still wants Bradley

I think Mickelson's style of play has cost him a few POTYs and other achievements. He is what he is, and I think it's good to have a few players like him. I wouldn't want every single player to lay up on the 18th at the PGA like Toms did when he won it.



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Lefty: No issue with Tiger, still wants Bradley

who GAF what Mickelson thinks....he's not the captain. Plus, he and Bradley share the same agent, that's why he's promoting him now and that's why he took him under his wing.

Mickelson doesn't really care if Woods is on the team or not. They are bitter rivals, but Phil will never come out and admit that. Just like Woods would never come out and admit that.

Phil is just trying to stay relevant. He's got 4 majors, 38 PGA wins (I think) and he will ALWAYS be eclipsed by TW. Even an average Woods generates more buzz. Mickelson is a great player but like every other golfer, he's past his prime. He won't ever admit that, but it's true. He won majors in 2004, 2005 and 2006. And then took another 3 yrs to win his 4th in 2010. He may get to 5 or 6 or he might just stay at 4. In either case, he's past his prime.

What is utterly amazing is that Phil has never won POY or a money title or a Vardon trophy. That's why I say he's underachieved....even with 4 majors and 38 PGA wins!!! 



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 5:10 pm
 

Lefty: No issue with Tiger, still wants Bradley

Yep, well I think that horse has been beaten to death in previous threads. I'm somewhat amazed that Mickelson is that supportive of Couples' decision, but maybe that's a fairly accurate reflection of how other players (as opposed to fans) see it, which is basically if you can't play your way onto the team with points, you can't complain about not being a captain's pick, or that the captain's picks might seem inappropriate. And Mickelson of all people will understand the complete reasoning behind having Woods on the team.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Lefty: No issue with Tiger, still wants Bradley

What has Tiger done in the last two years to warrant a place on the team?  It's clear that his mind is still not in the game, he has played well in one tournament since coming back (Masters) and he blew that win.  Like when he three putted for a par 16.  Look, I'm not saying that he is no longer a good golfer, I'm just saying that golf needs to move on and the dominate days of Tiger are behind us for now.


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