November 24, 2015

Tiger Woods to be a Ryder Cup vice captain in 2016: Ian Poulter thinks it's a good idea. Rory McIlroy is "visibly surprised". Two questions arise: what can we infer from his acceptance of the role about the extent of his back injury, and why would Davis Love III want someone in the team room who hasn't played on a winning US team since 1999?

posted by JJ to golf at 08:15 AM - 7 comments

Answers probably: nothing and "because he's Tiger Woods".

posted by JJ at 08:15 AM on November 24

I think the fact that it's a vice captaincy has to be taken into account.

posted by beaverboard at 10:20 AM on November 24

No better man for that role, undoubtedly.

posted by JJ at 10:55 AM on November 24

why would Davis Love III want someone in the team room who hasn't played on a winning US team since 1999?

Tiger is 4-1-2 in singles play in the Ryder Cup, and 9-16-1 in a team format. His partners in those team-ups are a combined 22-20-10 in singles play.

posted by grum@work at 11:13 AM on November 24

Fair enough, but he's hardly the epitome of the spirit of the Ryder Cup, is he?

posted by JJ at 12:25 PM on November 24

Is the spirit of the Ryder Cup similar to the [SPOILER ALERT] spirits that come out of the Ark of the Covenant and wreak all kinds of hell on the Nazis at the end of the first Indiana Jones movie?

posted by holden at 05:27 PM on November 24

Holden, that would be an awesome improvement.

posted by billsaysthis at 09:30 PM on November 24

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