Tiger still more talented

Bill Kline

The Morning Call

Sure, the field has caught and even trampled Tiger Woods in stroke-play tournaments. But Tiger still has more talent than the bottom third of the U.S. Presidents Cup team combined.

In match play, particularly one-on-one, he has as much resolve as a freedom fighter.

And when Tiger is inspired — as he will be after his selection is maligned by some — his engine gets fired up more than Dick Vitale preaching at a motivational seminar.

Forget the slump and the injuries and the personal meltdown. Head-to-head, Tiger still can stare you down like Jack and rip out your heart like MJ. And come Sunday's singles play, when every point is precious, Tiger will make us proud.

wkline@tribune.com

He didn't earn his spot

Tom Yantz

Hartford Courant

Absolutely not.

U.S. captain Fred Couples says Woods "is the best player in the world forever."

In the past, yes, but no way today. Woods has plummeted from No. 2 in the world to No. 36. He didn't even crack the top 125 on the points list to play in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup postseason.

Woods is 28th in the Presidents Cup standings. That's right between Kevin Na and D.A. Points — not exactly Rory McIlroy and Steve Stricker.

Couples had until Sept. 26 to make his two captain's picks. Why didn't he wait to see if Woods could play himself onto the team? With Woods' selection, how does Jim Furyk (11th in the standings) or PGA champion Keegan Bradley (18th) stay motivated to try to earn a captain's choice?

No one deserves a spot. You have to earn it.

tyantz@tribune.com

Give world what it wants

Teddy Greenstein