Fred’s Got Tiger’s Back
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

I got you, man.

Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples watched the fourth or sixth (who can keep track?) comeback of Tiger Woods at the Frys.com Open and then spoke frequently with his former looper of 20-plus years, Joe LaCava, who made his debut on Tiger’s bag last week. Couples, who is playing in this week’s AT&T Championship, the final full-field event of the year on the Champions Tour, talked to the Statesman.com’s Kevin Robbins and defended his decision to use his first captain’s pick on Woods.

Couples said he talked with LaCava after every round Woods played in California. He said LaCava told him, “He’s hit a lot of really good shots and a handful of bad ones.”

The selection of Woods became the talk of golf after the PGA Championship, where Woods played poorly and missed the cut. Couples said he was surprised by the controversy and the amount of speculation it generated.

“It doesn’t make any sense to me,” said Couples, who leases a house in Central Austin with his girlfriend, Midge Elo Trammell.

“Welcome to my world,” Couples said Woods told him.

Couples said he probably will pair Woods with Steve Stricker. Woods and Stricker won all four of their matches together in 2009.

“He’s going to do well,” Couples said. “He has a better chance of winning every match than not playing well.”

After all, Tiger is the “best player in the world forever.” OK, in all seriousness, I’m sure Tiger will do just fine…especially if he’s paired with Stricker.