Tiger Woods has gained selection for this year’s President’s Cup after captain Fred Couples confirmed he would be one of his two wildcard picks for the biennial event.
The President’s Cup will be played in Melbourne in November leaving Wood’s only limited time to get back to somewhere near a competitive level of play.
The American’s 12 man squad will take on the best of the internationals with at least two players from Australia representing the home country.
With the top 10 US players gaining automatic entry Wood’s was reliant on getting a call up from Couple’s to contest the tournament.
“He’s the captain. It’s his prerogative of who he picks. They wanted me on the team and I’m honoured to be a part of the team,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful mix of younger guys and older veterans. I also wanted to play and go ahead and test what I’ve been working on.”
Wood’s has played only a limited amount of golf so far in 2011 with persistent achillies and knee problems keeping him on the sidelines.
He will make his return to the PGA Tour at the start of October where he hopes to make inroad on a new swing technique designed to take away some of the stress on his knee.
“I’ve been hurt the majority of the year and haven’t quite gotten to be able to (get) the reps that I need to do what (swing coach) Sean (Foley) wants me to do,” Woods said.
“We were right on track at Augusta, but unfortunately I got hurt there and then it was a huge setback. We’re just trying to get back to where I was at Augusta, and it’s coming around. I just need more reps.”
This year’s President’s Cup will be played at the Royal Melbourne composite course from the 16th to the 20th of November.
The international’s squad will be finalised over the next two weeks with the top ranked players from a non-European and non-USA country to be automatic selections for the squad captained by Greg Norman.
The USA team is selected on the back of a points system taking in the past 12 months.
The President’s Cup isn’t the only tournament Wood’s missed qualification for with the Fed Ex Cup to continue without him in Boston this weekend.
Wood’s says he’s deeply disappointed to not be a part of the end of year playoff series given he’s had so much success there in the past.
“It’s like missing a major championship,” Woods said.
“I’m missing tournaments I normally play in or have played in. It’s part of being injured and not being able to play.”
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