Chicago Tribune

Absolutely. The world wants to see Tiger Woods play. And it's the Presidents Cup, not the all-important Ryder Cup.

The Presidents Cup is a nice little biennial event that pits Americans against an international field of non-Europeans. I had to look up the last time the U.S. lost — in 1998. It was also the only time in eight matches that the Uncle Sams went down. The Americans have won the last three by a collective 13 points.

Would the American team be a bit stronger with Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk or Zach Johnson, all of whom still have a chance to qualify on points? Perhaps. But having Woods in Australia in November will get people to flip channels away from football. That's good for the event.

tgreenstein@tribune.com

Not among best this year

Todd Adams

Orlando Sentinel

It's fine to elect a great old-timer or two to an all-star team as a final thank-you because, despite what Major League Baseball will try to tell you, those games don't count for anything. But when it's time to really compete, you want your best players on the field.

So, no, I would not have picked Tiger Woods for the Presidents Cup this year. Sometime during the past decade, that made-for-TV event became a real competition, one that fans pay attention to in the United States and overseas.

And right now Tiger Woods is not one of the best U.S. players. That's not taking anything away from what Woods has accomplished in his career. And if he even comes close to returning to that form in future years, he should represent the U.S. again.

Just not this year.

tmadams@tribune.com