Tiger Woods made the 2010 Ryder Cup Team. Captain Corey Pavin announced his picks for the 2010 Ryder Cup Team for the United States, and Tiger Woods ended up being one of his wild card selections. The Ryder Cup Team is composed of the first eight golfers according to the Ryder Cup standings, and then four additional players are added at the discretion of the team captain. A lot of controversy surrounded whether Pavin would add Woods to the team, especially with how much he has struggled on the golf course during the 2010 PGA season. That debate ended on Tuesday morning.
According to ESPN, the four wild card selections by Corey Pavin were Woods, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, and Stewart Cink. These selections as a whole might seem quite surprising, especially the addition of Fowler, who is only 21 years old, and hasn’t won any tournaments on the PGA Tour. Both Johnson and Cink have won a major before, so they aren’t that debatable as selections, but there will certainly be those golf fans who don’t believe Woods earned a spot on the team this year. He is an enigma, though, because Pavin probably views him as a player who could take the team on his back, despite losing the last Ryder Cup tournaments he was a part of for Team USA.
In addition to the four wild card selections were the eight players who automatically joined the 2010 Ryder Cup Team by being in the top eight of the standings. Those eight players are Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Jeff Overton. It seems like a pretty strong team this year, and maybe the United States is set up well to defend the Ryder Cup title that they won back in 2008. In order to do that, though, they are going to need both Woods and Mickelson to play much better than they have over the last three months, because they are not playing even close to their potential.
The 2010 Ryder Cup is held at the Celtic Manor in Wales this year, with the tournament dates from Oct. 1-3. The last time that a United States team won outside of the United States was way back in 1993, when they won at The Belfry. Trust in the fact that there will be a ton of attention given to the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team because of the inclusion of Tiger Woods, and that this tournament is going to get a lot of coverage on all sports news channels as we get closer to the event. Does Team USA stand a chance at the 2010 Ryder Cup? Probably a better one with Tiger Woods than without him.