Fred - Tiger is on the team
US captain Fred Couples has already told Tiger Woods that he will be on his Presidents Cup team in November.
Last Updated: 25/08/11 11:42pm
US captain Fred Couples has already told Tiger Woods that he will be on his Presidents Cup team for the match against the Rest of the World in November.
There had been widespread speculation as to whether Woods would earn one of the two wildcard picks for the 12-man team given his poor run of form.
But Couples has now confirmed that he will be including the former world number one in his line-up.
"I've told him that he's going to be on the team," Couples declared before a practice round ahead of the Boeing Classic on the Seniors Tour. "There is no reason for me to wait till September 26 to pick Tiger. He's the best player in the world forever."
"Is he playing well right now? No. (But) he almost won (The Masters) four months ago so you don't do that by playing poor golf.
"In my opinion, when you're the best player in the world for 12 straight years and you're not on a team, there's something wrong.
"Everyone else can have their opinion, but as far as I know Jay Haas and myself are the captains and we want him on this team."
Woods, 35, has slumped to 36 in the world rankings and has not won a tournament for nearly two years.
Woods also finds himself down in 28th place on the Presidents Cup rankings and has no chance of making the team by right given that he has missed the FedEx Cup play-offs after a forgettable season.
Last week Couples warned Woods that he would have to play some more tournaments ahead of the match in November to secure a place on the side as a wildcard.
"He can't just show up the week before in Australia," Couples stated. "I have made it clear that whoever I picked will be playing the Australian tournament the week before.
"But I need him to play more than just there. There's quite a few tournaments after the Tour Championship."
Woods is already contracted to play in the Australian Open in Sydney, but it now remains to be seen whether he will include any events from the PGA Tour's forthcoming Fall Series to his calendar.
The 35-year-old has played every Presidents Cup since he first became eligible in 1998.
Couples is understood to have made his decision to include Woods in a bid to play down speculation and controversy surrounding the matter in the run up to the event.
The match itself takes place at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia from November 17-20.