Tiger Woods Says NO To Ryder Cup? Maybe

Eric AxleyContributor IAugust 16, 2010

KOHLER, WI - AUGUST 12:  Tiger Woods looks up to fans after finishing on the ninth hole during the first round of the 92nd PGA Championship on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits on August 12, 2010 in Kohler, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Tiger needs to call Corey and tell him ?No Mas?.  Tiger will probably once again be a
great golfer but his personal problems has taken away his 2010 season.  From the golfing
aspect, its not a shame.  Golfers are human and have personal lives that infringe upon
their talents from time to time.

Corey Pavin is in a tight spot.  If he does not select Tiger, he is gambling quite
heavily that the USA will win the Ryder Cup.  Put another way, Think of the backlash if
Corey is the losing captain and did NOT pick the number one player in the world.  I just
do not see him taking that chance.

Additionally, Tiger has not been that dominate of a player in Ryder Cup matches and in
particular the singles matches.  I mention this because Corey could still select Tiger
and not play him much.  However, he would definitely play the singles.  He would also be
somewhat obligated to play him at least one round each day on the other two days.

There would also be the team chemistry aspect.  The players are used to being around
Tiger.  But are the players wives used to being around Tiger.  I've got to believe that
at least one of the players wives has some specific opinions about Tiger and his
transgressions.  Maybe a small point but it could also be a minor distraction.

Tiger also has to figure the location of the Ryder Cup and its atmosphere into the
equation.  He will be on European soil with a partisan crowd not in his favor.  Golf fans
are generally reserved but the Ryder Cup environment can bring out odd behavior.  Tiger
could quite easily be the target of that odd behavior.

Finally, it would be in Tigers best interest.  He has not played well since his 4th place
at the masters and decent showing at the U.S. Open but as the season has progressed, his
game has deteriorated.  I have to believe that he would rather have a U.S. team win the
Ryder Cup without him than be on a losing team.  That losing situation may very well
occur whether or not Tiger is on the team.  Monte is projected to have a very strong team
playing at home.  I have to figure that the teams will be even at best and possibly the
Europeans could be favorites when the final pick is selected.

So Tiger needs to do a classy thing.  He says he has learned from the past.  Now he needs
to show the U.S. that he can make a good decision.