U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin told Reuters that Tiger Woods is not an "automatic pick" for the 2010 U.S. team.
"I'm not going to treat Tiger any different than any other player," Pavin told Reuters after the final round of the Byron Nelson Championship. "He's certainly not going to be an automatic pick.
"He's just going to be treated like everyone else. I'd love to have him on the team but I want him to be playing well," added Pavin, who said he had not spoken to Woods this year.
Woods faced questions about whether he'd like to play in the Ryder Cup at the Masters. His response: "Would I like to play in it? If I qualify."
Only eight players will automatically qualify for the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team, which will face off against the Europeans at Celtic Manor in Wales in October, and Woods is 11th in Ryder Cup points after missing five months of golf after ... well, you know. Pavin has four captain's picks for the team.
Woods is out with a neck injury, but he's not expected to miss any big tournaments and presumably he'll be healthy for the Ryder Cup. If you believe a healthy Woods is going to be left off the Ryder Cup team, I've got a dinged-up Cadillac Escalade to sell you, drives like new.
Jack Wagner beats Tony Romo at Drew Brees' celebrity golf tournament
Before Tony Romo tries to challenge the best players in the world at the 2010 U.S. Open, he might want to beat the dude from General Hospital first. Romo, who advanced through local qualifying for the U.S. Open last week, finished in 10th place at the Cox Celebrity Classic Hosted by Drew Brees at Morgan Run Resort Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., eight strokes behind winner, soap opera star Jack Wagner, who finished 2-under.
I was at the course on Saturday, and soap opera actor Wagner can play. On the range, he was hitting beautiful, Tour-quality high fades. He also kind of looked like a vampire. The most Hollywood-friendly PGA Tour pro, Tommy Armour III, calls Wagner his favorite celeb to play with because their matches are competitive. The San Diego Times Union's Tod Leonard has a good recap of the event here.
Brees finished T25 at his event, but the Super Bowl champ said he wants to win it someday. He told Southland Golf magazine: "I'm going to win this thing. I'm not making any guarantees for this year, but at some point, I will win." Brees also told the mag that his ultimate foursome would just be a threesome of him, Ted Williams and John Wayne.
The celebrity tournament benefits the Brees Dream Foundation, which was founded in 2003 with a mission to advance research in the fight against cancer and provide care, education
and opportunities for children in need.
Jose Lima brightened golf courses as well as ballparks
Baseball is mourning the passing of one of its great characters, pitcher Jose Lima, who died Sunday of a heart attack at age 37. Everyone in baseball has a great Lima story, but here's one about Lima on the golf course. John Lowe of The Detroit Free-Press talked with Tigers' pitcher Brandon Inge about a classic golf bet Lima made with Inge.
"We were playing golf one day in Atlanta. He had just come from a casino where he'd been all night. He was a clean guy. He wasn't doing any drugs. He was just having a good time.
"He went straight from the casino right into the cab to the golf course. It's the ninth hole, and I've got a 5- to 7-foot putt with a pretty good bend to it.
"He's whipping me, and he knows I'm not the best putter in a world when I have 5- to 7-foot putts.
"He takes a wad of cash out of his pocket. It had to be close to $10,000. There were hundreds everywhere. He throws it down on the ground. The wind is blowing a little bit, and cash is blowing all over the green. He says, 'If you make this putt, you can have all that money right there. If you miss it, you've got to give me $100.'
"I was a young player, and $100 was a lot of money to me.
"I missed the stinking putt by 20 feet. It wasn't even close. I was shaking so much. I'd never seen that much cash.
"I remember his cackling laugh for probably two holes. He laughed for about two holes about that. That's how he made a very bland 5-foot putt into something I'll never forget."
Also, make sure to read Joe Posnanski's appreciation of Lima. Posnanski captures Lima's magic on and off the field.
Just a few items we noticed while wondering if the PGA Tour's 2010 season will conclude with a close-up of Tiger Woods' eye closing.
Stung by criticism of his changes to Wentworth's West course for the Euro Tour's BMW Championship, Ernie Els realizes his fellow players are back-stabbing cry babies. Welcome to the working world, Ernie. (Via The Guardian UK)
Charles Barkley says golf is good for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. "The level of concentration, the stuff he has to go through on a golf course and attention to detail, I think it really does help in football," Barkley says. (Via The Dallas Morning News)
Great golf style advice from Donald Trump. Save the shorts for the beach. "I have never been a believer in shorts on a golf course," Trump says. "It’s not elegant. I wear slacks and a sports shirt." (Via The New York Times)