Tiger Woods, along with Jason Day, Australia’s highest-ranked player, and Robert Allenby, have kicked off their opening round of the Australian Open at The Lakes.
Just for fun, let’s make some predictions. Who will go low in the three-ball (Tiger/Day/Allenby)? I take Jason. And what will Tiger shoot? I’ll go with even par. Maybe that’s a tad too generous since conditions have toughened with the wind gusting rather healthily this afternoon in Sydney.
There’s plenty of interesting info from Fred Couples’ and John Cook’s pressers on Wednesday from the Schwab Cup, which we can explore in a bit, but one particular comment jumped out at me. Cook recently replaced Michael Jordan as an assistant captain to Fred’s Presidents Cup team. He’s also BFF with Tiger Woods from their Isleworth days (and have been partners at the Tavistock Cup — as seen above in 2008).
Couples divulged that Cook’s relationship with Tiger definitely influenced his decision process. Though the duties of an assistant captain are vague and determined at the discretion of the captain/team, Cook made it clear he’d bend over backwards for Tiger:
Oh noes! — former NBA superstar, freeloader, lover of money games and playing mind games with Sean O’Hair Michael Jordan had to resign from team mascot assistant captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup. Because of that pesky NBA lockout, MJ, a majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, might have to vote or attend important meetings.
Captain Fred Couples has named current Champions Tour player John Cook, one of Tiger’s former Isleworth BFFs, to replace Jordan. Which makes sense since he’s actually a pro golfer that can bring more to the lockerroom than setting up money games (it was no secret that at the ’09 Prez Cup Jordan was taking Sean O’Hair’s money). But who’s going to give the Americans fiery pep talks. Or stir up controversy?!?
Sore Hip. Achy back. Gusty winds. Two hour rain delay. For Freddie Couples – no problem.