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Woods waffles on Ryder Cup intentions

Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:39 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 1:46 pm
 

AKRON, Ohio – Too many times to mention over the years, Tiger Woods has bemoaned the notion that many speculative stories have been authored about him with little basis in fact.

Wonder why that is?

Offered the opportunity to put an increasingly hot-button issue to rest on Wednesday, he waffled and only contributed to the speculation that he might not play in the upcoming Ryder Cup matches in Wales.

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin plans to meet with Woods next week to gauge his interest and the world No. 1 stands at ninth on the American points list. Only the top eight are assured spots on the team and some have openly wondered whether Woods would play if he was added as a captain’s pick, given his personal situation and the possible reception overseas at the often-raucous Ryder.

Being his usually obstinate self, he hardly slammed the door on future conjecture when I asked him three direct questions about making the U.S. team as an invitee and not as an automatic selection.

For your amusement and illumination, here’s the verbatim exchange:

Q.  There's been a lot of speculation on the Ryder Cup.  We're two weeks out from locking up the top eight. If you were asked to go as a captain's pick, are you all in?

Woods:  “I'm planning on playing my way into the team.”

Q.  If it doesn't happen….

Woods: “I'm planning on playing my way into the team.”

Q.  That's still kind of an equivocation.

Woods: “I'm planning on playing my way into the team.”

Sorry, folks, that’s fastball, curve and slider – all the pitches in my reportorial repertoire. He wasn’t swinging at anything. Later, ESPN.com’s Bob Harig asked Woods whether a meeting with Pavin was unnecessary, a roundabout attempt to get Woods to verbally commit to playing regardless of how he made the 12-man U.S. team.

No luck with the knuckleball offering, either.

“I think if I do well this week, I should sew up my spot,” he said.

Woods drew laughs with his stubbornness, but with a simple answer, he could have cleared up the discussion and ended the questions. Let the conjecture continue. This time, he rekindled the speculative bonfire himself.

 

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Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: August 11, 2010 10:45 am
 

Redemption Story

This is how it has to play out.

Tiger won't make the team on points. Lets put that to bed.

He will make the team as a captain's pick. He will play one event in the early going of the tournament. He will perform magically. He will find the "team player" in himself. He will be forgiven and embraced by his teammates. He will morph into a man that plays with USA on his sleave instead of "Team Tiger". He will lead the charge to an improbable Sunday rally with the US coming out on top.

The country will forgive him and Tiger will come back with a roar next year.

This is the classic redemption story. Tiger's legacy needs one. Its the part in the biography where the star hits rock bottom and then, against all odds, finds his way back to the top.

Its a story where with 20/20 we look back and we say "of course it had to happen this way".

The only difference is we have the chance to see this now.

The Junky

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Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2010 11:48 pm
 

Getting Skull Drug By 31 Strokes , Looks Bad

      
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sp;      He cliam he was gonna play his way in. He goes out this weekend and got skull drug and lost by 31 strokes. He better hope Pavin ask him to play and i hope he doesn't. He cant beat his way out of a paper bag and he suppose to want him on our team. NO ME. I say leave the spoiled brat in fla to hide out. Thirty One strokes. Next to last. Stick a fork in him. Pavin PLease dont pick him.



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: August 8, 2010 10:03 am
 

Woods waffles on Ryder Cup intentions

Elling have you ever competed at anything.   I don't even know what you are implying here.  It appears some more Tiger bashng which you will continue as you are still upset he didn't personally call you and explain it all.

Woods is getting his mindset right for the PGA.  If he does top 10 he will make the top 8.  "I'm planing on playing my way on the team." The ridiculous questions that followed deny Tiger the ability to focus totally on the PGA.  At this stage he doesn't care about the RC.  He is mentallygearing up for teh PGA.  He is a competitor.  He will allow no random thoughts to enter hismind when he hasa focused objective. Will he win the PGA, Dunno.  But I bet he qualifies for the RC.   I really don't understand the point of this article.  Ask him next week after he fails to make the top 8 if he'll play as a Capts pick.  He clearly intendsto make the team.  He clealry intends on playing.  I mean you answer the questions yourself in this article.



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2010 11:24 am
 

Woods waffles on Ryder Cup intentions

tw walks off the course and would NOT talk to reporters after shooting 2 over. spoiled loser that has brought everything on himself. maybe the pga and fans will quit showing him favoritism. lose a golf ball and not even look for it, but does not get a penalty stroke. NEVER heard of such a ruling. have fans move a 700 lb rock that was in his way. ditto on this ruling. even the media falls all over a golfer that is in 75th place. blames caddy for telling what club to use. he is the one that should decide what club to use. brought up spoiled and still wants it that way.



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2010 11:26 pm
 

Woods waffles on Ryder Cup intentions

There is no cut. hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahaha




Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2010 4:11 pm
 

Woods waffles on Ryder Cup intentions

Will he make the cut? hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha




Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Woods waffles on Ryder Cup intentions

Tiger Woods shouldnt be offered a spot? Stupid comment. So Stupid. First because the U.S. is shallow on talented golfers, so even the upside of Tiger is worth the offer. Secondly, he is Tiger Woods. How can anybody suggest he "stinks". His numbers are at a pace that has absolutely never been seen. A rough patch doesnt justify dropping a man that will more than likely be the best golfer of all time.



Since: Jul 23, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2010 2:41 pm
 

Woods waffles on Ryder Cup intentions

I'd put money on it if I knew you better. Tiger will be on the team...and until its decided we can agree to disagree. As for your claim that he has never cared about the Ryder Cup, again I disagree. He might not show up to the tournament for the right reasons, but the man is almost a billionaire and doesnt have to waste time doing things he doesnt want to do...and he hasnt missed a single one. Clearly he cares, even if for his own selfish reasons.



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2010 12:19 pm
 

Woods waffles on Ryder Cup intentions

Let me try to make this very clear. TW does not deserve a spot on the team as he stinks, There are many golfesr that are doing way better than he is. He has a NAME, but doesn't have a GAME ! He should not even be offered a spot, period !



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:24 am
 

Re Gimme and Tiger

Remember, he's always claimed that he plays with the belief he can win. The corollalary to that is if he doesn't think he can play well enough to win, he won't play, especially if a captain's pick is involved.
Once again, "gimme" shows a remarkable looseness with the truth. Tiger has played MANY MANY times that he didn't think he could win, notably in early tournaments coming back from injuries. (BTW, can anyone explain what a "corollalary" is???)

On the question about tournaments played: Sure he didn't play until the Masters, but since he came back in the Masters he has played exactly the same schedule as last year. E X A C T L Y. For almost four months now. Yes, Tiger's game is down. He may be suffering separation grief regarding his family. It may be that a child of the square groove is having trouble adjusting to life without them, as his distance control has been a question on quite a few approach shots this year, and his performance out of the rough isn't what it once was. He is certainly struggling off the tee for rounds at a time. Yet he did suck it up to manage T4 in both the Masters and the US Open. He'll suck it up for the Ryder Cup.

And will he play if he's a Captain's pick? Tiger has been known to make some bad decisions over the years, but he'd have to blow it big time to screw this decision up. If he were to put himself in the position of appearing to turn his back on the USA by not playing when invited, he would put another nail in the coffin with the sponsors who didn't dump him after last year's snafu. Don't expect Tiger to pull a boner that dumb. (Did I just phrase this paragraph that way??? Evidently so. I'm going to leave it anyway.)

By the way, the potential US squad has had a big advantage in tournament results all season long over the potential Euro squad. The Ryder Cup isn't about almost two year old results that prop up the World Golf Rankings. It is about who is hot for a few days seven weeks from now. The Euro team does have home advantage. Who knows, that may be enough. But its hardly an excuse for Chicken Littles (or alwaysgimmes, or whatever that moron wants to call himself) to be writing off the competition seven weeks before it even happens. ROFLMAO

By the way, has anyone else noticed that the American resurgence in the two Cups has approximately coincided with the institution of the Fed Ex Cup playoffs? More of the American squad is playing most or all of those events than the Euros. It isn't out of the question to wonder if this is keeping American team members from going into the Cup weekends quite as cold as they had been for years, when many USA squad members were ONLY playing in the Tour Championship in the vicinity of the Cup weekend, and had idle schedules for a few weeks before that ...

I've been thinking all along that the whole Fed Ex Cup sequence is a bit forced and lame. I may have to warm up to it after all.


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