I was lucky to be selected for Presidents Cup, says Woods
By Patrick Johnston
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods said on Thursday he was fortunate to have been picked by U.S. captain Fred Couples for the Presidents Cup defense in Australia later this month.
Woods, winner of 14 majors and considered one of the finest players ever, has tumbled to 56th in the world rankings and not won a single title since the explosive revelation of his marital infidelities at the end of 2009.
The dramatic collapse has left many questioning his inclusion by Couples ahead of the likes of U.S. PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley for the matches against an International team at the Royal Melbourne club from November 17-20.
"I'm honored to be picked," Woods, who has played every Presidents Cup since 1998, told reporters in Singapore on Thursday. "Freddie had plenty of different candidates he could have chosen, I'm lucky to be on the team, we have a great team.
"I know I have got four starts guaranteed and I'm looking forward to getting out there and seeing who is going to be my partner and then obviously gelling and then hopefully winning our matches."
Woods, 35, finished 128th on the PGA Tour money list this season after making just nine starts following his self-imposed exile at the start of the year and knee and Achilles injuries.
The last of those nine starts came at the Frys.com Open last month, where he finished tied for 30th, but Woods was happy that the work he had been putting in on remodeling his swing was beginning to pay off.
"I was very pleased with what I worked on going into Fry's, unfortunately I did it in streaks, I wasn't as consistent as I wanted to be," he added. "I would get in these nice grooves for nine or 10 holes then I would lose it for two or three holes. Continued...