Tiger Woods and Bill Haas became the 11th and 12th members of the 2012 U.S. Presidents Cup team when captain Fred Couples announced his selection Tuesday afternoon.
For Haas, the selection is well deserved. He played well down the stretch, capturing the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.
Woods, on the other hand, is a riskier pick. He hasn't been playing often due to injury and when he does tee it up, he hasn't played especially well.
While Woods does have experience, it is hard not to feel for Keegan Bradley, the player most likely bumped off the team by Woods' inclusion.
Bradley has played well this year. He won the PGA Championship this season, as well as the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Logically, Bradley was the choice.
After hearing news of Couples' picks, Bradley tweeted, "Congrats to bill haas /@TigerWoods. They deserve the picks. Although I'm very disappointed, I'm very happy to have been considered. GO USA."
Kudos to Bradley for taking the high road here. He knows he had the opportunity to play his way on and failed and also knows he will have more opportunities in the future.
Even so, the Presidents Cup team needs to be selected on who gives the U.S. the best chance at victory. In the past, that has always meant Tiger Woods is on the team. But the 2012 Tiger is not the one we saw in 2007, or even 2009 for that matter!
Tiger may play well in the Presidents Cup, I hope he does. I'll still cheer for him and U.S. team.
But as I watch the team take on the world in Australia, I won't be able to help feeling a little disappointed that Keegan Bradley isn't out there with them.