Captain Tiger Woods selected player Tiger Woods.
Solid choice. And an obvious one at that.
With one of his four picks to fill out the USA’s roster for the upcoming Presidents Cup in December in Australia, Woods picked himself Thursday when he announced his selections. He will join Hale Irwin (1994) as the only playing captains in the competition’s history.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, Tony Finau and Patrick Reed were his three other discretionary choices.
Really, how could Woods have not taken himself? He won the Masters in April and seemed to be a lock to make the team as one of the top 8 in the points race. But a painful, dismal summer caused by a bum left knee dropped him in the standings – he finished 13th. But Woods became an obvious selection when the No. 7-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking won his record-tying 82nd PGA Tour title at the Zozo Championship in October.
“As a player, I got the captain’s attention,” he said that day.
And, he’s the most popular player on the planet, sure to add some sizzle to the proceedings in Australia.