Oct
20
2011
Ogilvy Knocks Fred’s Rush to Pick Tiger
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Fred to Ogilvy: "Huh? Tiger's the best player forever!"

In a teleconference for the upcoming Presidents Cup in Australia, Geoff Ogilvy, who is considered one of the most eloquent players on Tour, voiced his objections with the way U.S. captain Fred Couples went about picking Tiger Woods. (Which I couldn’t agree with more.) Couples prematurely told reporters Woods was on the team a month early.

“You can’t ever say that picking Tiger Woods is a bad selection,” said Ogilvy in response to International captain Greg Norman’s recent peculiar criticisms. “But the way (Fred) picked him, I don’t agree with the way he picked him, announcing it months early.  Basically telling the guys who are on the fringe of the U.S. Team there’s really only going to be one pick.  I’m not exactly sure in saying it that early.  And it is disappointing…

“I guess it’s a very difficult situation when you announce you’re going to pick one guy that early for everybody else.  It’s hard to say that picking Tiger Woods on your team is a bad thing because he’s been the best golfer in the world for the last 15 years.  Maybe not for the last 18 months but definitely for the last 15 years.  But doing it the way he did it might not have been the best.”

Ogilvy also expressed his sympathies for PGA champion Keegan Bradley, who was passed over despite his spectacular rookie season.

“Keegan Bradley is the obvious one,” said Ogilvy. “He’s won two tournaments this year, one of them being a major, and he hasn’t made the team, which is astonishing really that you can do that in a year and not make the team.  So I’m very disappointed for him.

“I’m not going to stand up and say Tiger is a horrible pick, but I’m going to say it’s very disappointing that Keegan Bradley doesn’t get to play.  That’s where I’m at with it.”

Keegan, who won the made-for-TV PGA Grand Slam of Golf on Wednesday, still has a shot at playing at Royal Melbourne if the ailing Steve Stricker pulls out due to injury.