Woods the captain, bullish about Woods the player
Tiger Woods has at last given us a hint that he may pick himself in the Presidents Cup team, following his comprehensive victory on Sunday in the ZOZO Championship in Japan.
Of course the fact that Brooks Koepka is under an injury cloud probably helps Tiger’s prospects of picking himself even more.
Tiger waves to the crowd after winning the ZOZO Championship (Credit: PGA Tour)
When the US Presidents Cup captain was asked about picking himself for the team for Royal Melbourne he couldn’t help but smile:
“I think the player got the captain’s attention,” grinned Woods.
Of some concern though was the fact Koepka had re-injured his left knee during the second round of last week’s event in South Korea and had to withdraw from the event.
Woods said he was happy to give Koepka all the time he needed to be fit to play.
“We’re just waiting to see what the surgeons say and see what his protocols will be going forward,” said Woods.
“That’s something he’ll keep me abreast of.”
“He’s getting other opinions about where his knee is and what his options are.”
“I went through the same thing with my knee and my back.”
“You want as many opinions as you can before you decide which road you want to go down.”
Koepka had stem-cell treatment to repair a partially torn patella tendon following the Tour Championship, and Woods explained that he had advised the current world No 1 not to rush any decision.
“There’s no hurry, you are part of the team,” Woods is reported to have told Koepka.
“Now you have to figure out what’s best for your career and your knee.”
“If you decide you can play, great. If you can’t, I totally understand and we’ll cross that bridge when it comes.”
Woods was also asked about Dustin Johnson, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee during the off-season.
“Dustin’s starting to practice now,” he said.
“He’s done his rehab and he’s progressing…he’ll be fine.”