Friday, September 30, 2011

Woods and Haas handed wildcards

The USA's Presidents Cup captain, Fred Couples, has announced his 'captain's picks' for November's showdown against Greg Norman's International side. Couples has confirmed Tiger Woods will be part of the US team for the tournament at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The former world-number one will be joined in that line-up by everyone's new best friend Bill Haas, who picked up the $11.5million winner's cheque at last week's FedEx Cup. Those following the golf betting will know this.   

The inclusion of Haas is one that is easy to understand, although selecting a Tiger Woods who has dropped to 50th in the world hasn't gone down well in all areas. USPGA champion Keegan Bradley has had a stunning season, picking up two titles as well as his first major. The decision to go with Woods could come back to haunt Couples should Tiger again fail to find his form when he tees off Down Under. People who bet on golf should bear this in mind.

Woods will play his first tournament since the PGA Championship when he competes at the Open in two weeks time, where he will team up with new caddie Joe LaCava for the first time. After that and it'll be off to Sydney, where he will be looking to once again get back on winning ways, at the tournament where Tiger has previously been successful. 

With so many writing Tiger off in the remainder of this season, the American will be determined to find some form with which to take into the Presidents Cup. It won't just be himself he lets down if he fails to perform again, but also Couples – the man who has stuck his neck out for Woods, not the mention the rest of the US team. 

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