Nov 19th, 2015
Ian Poulter backs Tiger's Ryder Cup Vice Captaincy
At last, someone talking sense here
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
Apparently, not everyone shares Golf Channel pundit Brandel Chamblee's opinion that Tiger Woods is not worthy of being on the Ryder Cup captaincy team.
No less than Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter has had his say. “Smart move,” Poulter said. “Why wouldn’t he want to be part of the team, whether it be playing or even vice-captain? He has been part of that team for so many years.
“Tiger’s Tiger. He creates a buzz whether he is playing or not. Just his presence there would be a good thing for the team. So, smart move.”
Does this signal a premature surrender by Tiger regarding his chances of actualy playihng in the event?
“I think his body has taken an awful lot of punishment over the last few years,”said Poulter. “He went back in for another surgery and that’s obviously difficult.
“It is going to be difficult for Tiger to come back from that. It is an early announcement but it is not a bad announcement. He is bringing a lot of experience. Guys will respect what he has done. So to have him in the team room will be a good thing for them.”
Davis Love III, the US captain, surprisingly named Woods, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker as assistants on Wednesday; 10 months before the USA attempt to reclaim th Ryder from Europe. It was the name of Woods, who is recovering from his latest back operation, which understandably leapt out and surprised many, but with young stars like Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth sure to be in the team – and who still idolise the 14-time major champion – it looks like an obvious thing to do.
Patrick Reed also endorsed Love’s decision. “Tiger will bring a lot of intensity, motivation and drive to the team room and I’m pretty sure he will be pushing the guys,” he said. “The three Davis has chosen are not only great guys but also really good leaders and really great golfers.”
Bit of an understatement there, Patrick. See you at Hazeltine. Ssshhhhhhhh.......