Tiger Woods plans on attending the newly renamed Dec. 18-21 event at Sherwood Country Club, but he won’t be competing after undergoing knee surgery this summer.
“I’ll just cheer from the cart and get ready for the Senior Tour,” Woods joked Monday as he announced the 16-player field for the 10th annual tournament, which formerly was sponsored by Target.
Padraig Harrington, who won the British Open and PGA Championship while Woods was sidelined, might be considered the headliner in the field, which also includes FedEx Cup winner Vijay Singh and Camilo Villegas, who triumphed in the season-ending Tour Championship on Sunday.
The other players are: Stephen Ames, Paul Casey, K.J. Choi, Fred Couples, Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, Anthony Kim (Studio City), Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Kenny Perry, Steve Stricker, Boo Weekley and Mike Weir.
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The underdog Americans won the Ryder Cup, 16 1/2-11 1/2. It’s a huge day for golf in this country since the European team won five of the previous six Cups. The Americans did this without Tiger Woods, too. Anthony Kim and Boo Weekley were huge this weekend, not only with their golf games but their infectious spirit. Kim – who grew up in Studio City – dominated Sergio Garcia, 5 &4. Miguel Angel Jimenez conceded a short par putt to Jim Furyk, which clinched the Cup for the U.S.
Anthony Kim and Phil Mickelson seem to be remarkable playing partners in the Ryder Cup, but you can’t give the credit to Paul Azinger. Mickelson and Kim were bugging Azinger to be paired with one another, and Azinger relented. Kim and Mickelson were just high-fiving and slapping each other on the back after Mickelson won a hole today. We haven’t seen Mickelson like this with another PGA Tour player in a while.
The U.S. is assured of taking the lead after the morning matches in today’s Ryder Cup at Valhalla in Kentucky, It’s the first time the U.S. has had the lead after the morning matches since 1991. Captain Paul Azinger has paired Anthony Kim – who grew up in Studio City – and Phil Mickelson together. Interesting.
The U.S. is a heavy underdog in this week’s Ryder Cup, but NBC analyst Johnn Miller doesn’t think so. He recently said he believes the U.S. should win easily, even though the Americans are considered underdogs.
“What I said was I think the U.S. is going to win,” Miller said in a Tuesday conference call. “Someone threw easily in there to sell a few magazines. Obviously, no one would say that. Without Tiger there, it surely won’t be easy. But if you’re a gambler a statistician, could say, `How can Europe keep making all these putts?’ It’s time, really, for the U.S. If you were just a betting man, the odds are the putting is going to flip flop in the U.S.’ direction.”
In his monthly newsletter on his Web site, Tiger Woods said he won’t be at the Ryder Cup, but he’ll offer his assistance.
“I plan to watch the Ryder Cup this week, but I will not attend,” Woods wrote. “U.S. captain Paul Azinger has my cell phone number and he or any US player can call me any time. If I can offer any assistance, I’m happy to help. I doubt I can do much, since I can’t play practice rounds and am not privy to their team chemistry. I also don’t know who is playing well, who is injured, and have no feel for how the course is playing. But I’ll be happy to offer my opinion. I wish the American team well and hope they can bring back the Cup.”
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