By Tony Dean
Austin Times Staff
Tiger may not be on the Ryder Cup Team? Really?
This week U.S. Ryder Cup Team captain Cory Pavin said of Tiger Woods, yes that Woods, is not a guaranteed a spot on this year’s team. Pavin speaking to a gathering of reporters was asked if Woods failed to qualify for this year’s team would he select the world’s number one player as a captain’s pick.
Pavin said unequivocally that Woods would be treated like any other player. TIGER WOODS, holder of 15 major titles, winner of more than 70 golf tournaments and yes the most spectacular player in the history of the game, should be treated like, oh say, Paul Goydos.
That is the most absurd thing Mr. Pavin could say. You silly little Bruin.
To his point, perhaps a person in his position needed to say that to give everyone else looking to secure a spot on the team a reason to play hard. But they all know that if Woods, who is currently number 11 on the list to qualify for the team (they take the top 10) fails for some reason not to be in the top ten, logic and any other sensibility require that you select him as long as he can break 80.
Yes Woods is going through issues on and off the course, but he has earned a spot on any team he desires.
He has dominated the tour since 1997. I submit that when golfers speak of the “golf gods’, Woods is probably one of them.
If for some reason back in 1993 Michael Jordan was not selected as a player in the NBA All-Star game by fan balloting, would he be a coach’s selection? Yes, he would. If Alex Rodriguez was overlooked by the fans for the MLB All-Star game, would he be a coach’s pick? Yes.
Case in point, Magic Johnson was selected for the All-Star game after he had been diagnosed with H.I.V. as a coach’s pick. Pavin missed the boat on this one by a long shot. Yes, I know the argument about Tiger’s Ryder Cup play, not the issue. What happens when Tiger regains his form? He will qualify through points, but how will he take Pavin’s slap in the face? We know how Tiger is. His wrath will be the story. Just ask Stephen Ames how well Tiger takes being discarded and disrespected.