European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie gave his two cents on the increasingly inevitable decision American captain Corey Pavin will have to make. With Tiger Woods playing shoddily at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and ninth on the Ryder Cup points list, it’s likely he won’t make the team on merit.
“He’s not mentally with it right now, that’s obvious. I hope he gets back to some form shortly.
“He lost the world No 1 spot to Vijay Singh a while back and didn’t like that very much and got it back. This won’t please him at all.
“But more importantly right now for Tiger is thinking about the Ryder Cup. He’s not in the top eight of their qualifying.
“It doesn’t look like he’s going to be in the top eight after this event anyway and that makes the US PGA a very important event for him next week.
“Does Corey Pavin take a chance hoping Tiger’s form will change before the Ryder Cup? That’s up to him and not us.”
Sucks to be Captain Pavin! Kidding. Actually, it’s a rather simple decision. Pavin and Woods are set to meet at next week’s PGA Championship to discuss the situation. It will probably go something like this:
Pavin: Tiger, I know you don’t want to play, and I don’t want you on my team.
Tiger: Fair enough.
Pavin: Okay, so how the hell do we both get out of this?
PGA Suit: Not so fast, Corey! — Tiger’s ass in on the team.
Tiger: F— no.
Pavin: Sorry, Tiger. We both lose here.
Let’s face it — Tiger needs the positive publicity and can’t turn down a captain’s pick. If he doesn’t win the PGA, another way to get back in the good graces of the people is to get all jingoistic and lead the Americans to victory. U-S-A! U-S-A! He will have to drag his butt to Wales, put on a happy face and wave the red, white and blue flag.
Meanwhile, Pavin can’t pass up Tiger either. Even with his D-game, Tiger’s still one of the best players in the world and a five-time Ryder Cup veteran (10-13-2 overall, 7-12-1 in doubles). Chances are that ESPN/NBC suits will be whispering in Pavin’s ear, “You make sure Tiger’s on your team or you’ll go down as the worst captain in history and never don an American uniform again.”
Thing is, the European team is so deep and stacked with talent that chances are the Americans will still lose with Tiger. Then, everyone will blame Pavin and Tiger. Good news is that they’ve technically got until September 7th to come up with a believable and forgivable excuse (read: injury).
Well, there’s still the chance of Tiger coming in at 10-under over the weekend and contending at the PGA to make the team on points — which gets Pavin out of a sticky situation. Otherwise, the American team is better off leaving Tiger and his baggage at home.