Scorey one for Pavin: Tiger Woods belonged

After the hoopla and nail-biting, Corey Pavin did what he needed to do, and used one of his two free captaincy selections to add Tiger Woods to the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Tiger has been unTigerlike since his return to golf. However, in recent weeks, he has begun to show shades of his old self. Most recently at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Tiger finished in a tie for 11th place. His opening round of 72 killed his chances to win, but the Tiger showed great perseverance despite a shaky start.
Whether or not Tiger would make the team has been a burning question for a while now. It certainly seemed at the beginning of his comeback, that Tiger didn’t belong in the company of true competitive golfers. Analysts, golf pros, and fans criticized him all along the way. Then there was the controversy in which TV reporter Jim Gray asserted that Pavin had already selected Woods, a claim Pavin
Regardless of what now is a dead issue, Tiger belonged. He’s a golf legend who can still play. Sure he’s shown some cracks in the armor, and he doesn’t seem to play with the utmost confidence like he used to. But he’s tenacious enough, and this might be the big stage for him to show he’s still the world’s number one player.
Perhaps his game is a stroke or two behind Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson right now, but with him on the squad, you certainly feel like the American team will head to Celtic Manor on the prowl, sotospeak.


~ by sotospeaks on September 7, 2010.

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