Five Reasons Tiger Woods is a Lock To Make the Ryder Cup Team
Despite all the heat and bogeys surrounding Tiger Woods’ performance in tournaments after the news of his extra-marital affairs made national news, the star golfer is finally beginning to look like the Tiger of old.
Maybe it has something to do with a divorce everyone knew was coming finally reaching a bitter conclusion.
Then again, maybe Tiger has just re-found a game that has been lacking for quite some time in what many have called a dismal 2010 performance.
However, when Woods teed off at 12:30 p.m. EST this afternoon for round three of The Barclays, he entered the day tied for 18th in the tournament (-4) after posting a day one course-leading 65 before a round two tally of 73 on Friday.
But round three has been anything but a hot start for Woods.
Through the first two holes on Saturday afternoon, Woods posted three over par to drop him to one under par overall.
On hole number three, Woods made a par putt to remain at -1 in the tournament and is currently tied for 52nd at The Barclays.
With Woods’ current—along with his rearview mirror shots from prior tourneys—performance in mind, let’s take a quick look at five reasons Tiger is still a lock for the Ryder Cup Team.
No. 5: Although Not a Guaranteed Slot, Should Be Captain’s Pick
Tiger Woods was not one of the eight guaranteed qualifiers for the Ryder Cup Team (Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Jeff Overton and Matt Kuchar), but he’s still got a shot of making the squad as a captain’s pick.
The United States captain, Corey Pavin, now gets four picks to round out the team.
And my bet is Woods will be one of those four named to the squad.
No. 4: Fourth Place Finish in 2010 Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA
Although not a championship-run finish, Tiger Woods’ performance at the 2010 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia—his first time back on the course since taking time off from the game in an attempt to fix his family life—was still quite a sight to see.
Woods shot a 68 in round one (-4) to end the day tied for seventh place before shooting a 70 in round two to move into a third place tie (-6) entering the third round of the tourney.
He followed his day two performance with another round of 70, entering the fourth and final round tied for third place (-8).
Woods then shot a 69 on the final day of the tournament, but that was not enough to catch the leader and eventual winner (Phil Mickelson) to conclude the 2010 Masters tied for fourth place (-11).
No. 3: Round Three Performance in 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach
Tiger Woods was barely even seen on the leader board through the first two rounds of the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, shooting rounds of 74 and 72 before returning to the golfing star of the past in round three.
On the third day of the U.S. Open, Woods shot a 66 to move into third place (-1) entering the final day of the tournament.
He even had a chance to make a run in the final round of the tourney, but Woods was never able to find his groove as he finished the tournament posting a 75 to end the U.S. Open in a fourth-place tie with Phil Mickelson.
No. 2: Post-Elin Nordegren Tiger Beginning to Look Like Woods of Old
It appears as though the single Tiger Woods may be just what the doctor ordered in terms of fixing the troubled golfer’s game.
With a nasty divorce from Elin Nordegren now in his rearview mirror, Woods is truly beginning to look like the Tiger that America grew to know and love.
And if he can continue to focus on his game—and prove he can play consistent golf—there is no doubt in my mind that he will be a great addition to the U.S. Ryder Cup Team.
But will Woods get that opportunity?
We’ll all know soon enough.
No. 1: Tiger Thrives on Success; Woods Will Soon Be Back to World’s Best
Tiger Woods wasn’t the world’s number one golfer for no reason.
And it’s only a matter of time before Woods returns to the golf throne as the world’s best, regardless of being tied for 50th place (-1) through the first four holes in round three at the Barclays.
Woods also has 71 PGA Tour wins (third all time), 38 European Tour wins (third all time) and has 14 wins in Major Championships.
Oh yeah, he has been named the PGA Player of the Year ten times and counting, going five consecutive years as the best of the bests from 1999-2003 (taking home the honors once again for a three-year reign from 2005-2007 and winning it again in 2009).
And personally, I think he’s a no-doubt lock to make the Ryder Cup Team…
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org