Category: Fred Couples


May 29, 2012

Fred Couples, Nick Price selected as captains for 2013 Presidents Cup

Posted at 3:47 PM by Golf.com

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced Tuesday that Fred Couples and Nick Price will serve as captains at the 2013 Presidents Cup.

Couples played in four Presidents Cups and captained the U.S. team in 2009 and 2011.

"Without being on the team, there's nothing better than to be a captain," Couples said.

Price will serve as captain of the international team for the first time. He played in the event five times and takes over the captain's job from Greg Norman.

The 2013 Presidents Cup will be held at Muirfield Village in Columbus, Ohio.

February 08, 2012

Fred Couples says he wants to be Ryder Cup captain

Posted at 11:19 AM by Golf.com

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Fred Couples said that he hopes to follow his success as 2011 U.S. Presidents Cup captain with a shot at being Ryder Cup captain.

Speaking in Dubai on the eve of the Dubai Desert Classic, where his playing partners will be John Daly and Colin Montgomerie, Couples said: “Maybe in the next two or four years, I’ll get a shot at it. But they are going to name another Presidents Cup captain in another month, and I know they’re all pushing for me to do it again, so I’m all for that. But obviously I would love to be a Ryder Cup captain, there’s no doubt.”

Davis Love III will be captain of the American side at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah in Illinois this September. The PGA of America hasn't named a U.S. captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland, but Tiger Woods threw his support behind Couples in a post on TigerWoods.com in December.

I've heard people question whether Fred would be a good Ryder Cup captain, and I just don't get it. I think that Fred is a great captain. Whether it's The Presidents Cup or the Ryder Cup, it doesn't matter.

The way he keeps us loose and how much fun we have -- it's just great to play for him. He's a lot more competitive than people realize. He just doesn't show it. He shows it with us around, but the public doesn't see it.

--By Paul Mahoney

 

November 10, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Tiger to promote nutrient supplement

Posted at 1:46 PM by Mike Walker

Tiger Woods signed a new endorsement deal with Fuse Science, according to a story on TigerWoods.com. The product is not on the market yet, but, according to Fuse Science, the company has developed a new delivery system to help athletes absorb supplemental nutrients “in a concentrated "DROP" form that is simply applied under the tongue.”

Fuse Science research and development team has engineered a faster and more efficient way to absorb nutrients when the body is at its highest demand. By combining pre, during, and post workout dosing athletes may find they can handle more intense workout with shorter recovery times.

Woods, who recently announced a partnership with Rolex, will be the company’s “primary spokesman in professional sports.” He lost sponsorships with AT&T, Accenture, Gillette, General Motors and Gatorade in 2010 following his sex scandals. The terms of the Woods's deal with Fuse Science were not disclosed.

"When I learned about Fuse Science's groundbreaking technology, I immediately understood that this will be a game-changer in how we live our lives every day," Woods said. "We will improve energy, nutrition and medication delivery in several global categories, and we will enhance every athlete's ability to perform at their natural best. This company is laying the foundation for some very significant things and after personally talking to them, I wanted to be Powered by Fuse."

"This is a very big day for our company and what it means to be Powered by Fuse," added Brian Tuffin, president and chief operating officer. "Our partnership with the world's best is an enabler to have a worldwide impact sooner than later. Tiger recognizes the significance of the journey we're on as a company and wants to be part of our growth while leverage the technology to make a difference globally."

"Beyond sports, this technology applies in so many ways," added Tiger. "The long-term potential is significant. To me, that's something much bigger than golf."

Couples leads Norman in captain’s bracket at Aussie Open

The captains of the U.S. and International Presidents Cup teams still have plenty of game, if the first-round results of the Australian Open are any indication. The 56-year-old Norman shot a 1-under 71 to tie for 42nd place, and his American counterpart Couples, 51, shot a 5-under 67 to finish T4. ESPN’s Bob Harig talked to Couples after his round

"This is probably the best ball-striking round I had all year," said Couples, 51, who plays most of his golf on the Champions Tour -- although he tied for seventh at the Northern Trust Open and 15th at the Masters.

"On the front side I hit it close every hole. I played really well. I don't know if I can accomplish that tomorrow, but today was a very, very good round. I'm not just here to get ready for next week. I want to compete. It sounds stupid, but at any age I think I can still play, although it's a lot easier on the Champions Tour."

Hall-of-famer Mickelson still wants 50 wins, career slam

A sprightly hall of famer at 41, Phil Mickelson said he still has plenty of goals to accomplish before he’s done, including getting to 50 career wins (he’s at 39), at his hall of fame announcement in Singapore on Wednesday.

I'd like to get to that magical number of 50 that only a few guys have gotten to as far as total tournaments, but also I think that finally getting a U.S. Open would mean a lot to me as well as a British Open, which would complete the career slam. I came very close last year at Royal St. George's to getting that British. I've had five seconds in the U.S. Open; I've been very close. And I'm going to try to take that knowledge I've gained over the years that have led to those good performances and see if I can get over the hump and win those. I think that would be two special monumental feats for me to accomplish.

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November 03, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Puerto Rico Open would welcome Yani

Posted at 12:21 PM by Jeff Ritter

Fresh off her 11th win of the year, Yani Tseng created a stir recently when she said that she might one day consider entering a PGA Tour event.

That day may be fast approaching.

According to Golfweek's Sean Martin, the Puerto Rico Open will offer Tseng an exemption to its event this March.

The Puerto Rico Open will be happy to help Yani Tseng if she decides to play against the men.

Sidney Wolf, the tournament’s general chairman, told Golfweek that he intends to offer Tseng an exemption into his event in 2012. The PGA Tour event will be held March 8-11, opposite the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

Wolf told Golfweek, "Having the No. 1 player here would open our event to a broader audience. It could open up the possibility of a LPGA event here, and ultimately help us raise funds for our charities. It would also create awareness of Puerto Rico globally, which would economically be very positive for the island."

In response to the story, Tseng's adviser, Ernie Huang, told Golfweek: "We appreciate that Puerto Rico has responded so soon, but she has more goals to accomplish, such as completing the Grand Slam and qualifying for the Hall of Fame. To play on (the) PGA Tour now will be too much distraction for her."

Freddy has Tiger on the brain
The hits just keep coming for Fred Couples. The U.S. Presidents Cup captain is still taking heat for using a wildcard pick on Tiger Woods, and on Thursday the man he snubbed, Keegan Bradley, jumped out to an early lead at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Monday morning quarterbacks are also questioning Couples's recent selection of John Cook to replace Michael Jordan as an assistant captain, and Couples admitted that Tiger was a factor in that decision. Ryan Ballengee at Pro Golf Talk has more:

Fred Couples admitted Wednesday that the relationship newly-appointed assistant captain John Cook has with Tiger Woods had some influence on his appointment to replace Michael Jordan on the American Presidents Cup team.

"I felt like John and Tiger are very close, and that would help Tiger as much as any of the other guys," Couples said at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at TPC Harding Park.

"Even if Tiger Woods was still the No. 1 player in the world, didn’t have any problems and they weren’t friends, I think 100 percent I probably would have picked John Cook anyway."

Cook said Woods was pleased with his friend’s new role.

"[Woods] just texted me and said, ‘Congrats. Really excited to have you aboard.’ I said, ‘I’ll do whatever you want me to do. Get you water, get your energy bars, you know, whatever.’ That’s going to be my job,” he said.

D.J. picks a temporary caddie for Presidents Cup
After Joe LaCava left Dustin Johnson to become Tiger Woods's permanent caddie, D.J. was left without a bagman for the upcoming Australian Open and Presidents Cup. Now he's found a temporary solution: longtime friend and TaylorMade vice president Keith Sbarbaro will carry Johnson's sticks Down Under. Sbarbaro frequently travels to tour events, and is involved with fitting Johnson with his TaylorMade clubs. Here's what Johnson said in a press release:

"It was an easy decision to have Keith on my bag in Australia," Johnson said. "We're friends off the course, I trust him to build my clubs and he knows my game as well as anyone. I look forward to working with him as I continue searching for a full-time caddy."

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October 31, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Stricker defends Tiger pick for Prez Cup

Posted at 11:17 AM by Mick Rouse

Greg Norman created a brouhaha when he criticized Fred Couples for selecting Tiger Woods as a captain’s pick for the upcoming Presidents Cup. Steve Stricker, though, is defending both his captain and teammate. Speaking with Gary D’Amato of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Stricker said:

"I’m for it. I think it’s a good thing. I don’t know why Greg said what he did. He did basically the same thing with Adam Scott a couple years ago when Adam wasn’t playing well. It kind of turned Adam's game around. So I don’t know where that came from.”

The Stricker-Woods team has had great success at both the 2009 Presidents Cup and the 2010 Ryder Cup, going 4-0 and 2-1, respectively, in the team portions of the events. According to Stricker, he has been in touch with Tiger and is confident that his former partner will silence many of the critics once he hits the course in Australia.

"I talk to Tiger through texting every now and then. He’s really excited. We’re looking forward to it. I think he’ll be ready, too. He’ll find a way to get it done. When you play him one on one, he’ll find a way. Just like at the Ryder Cup last year. He trounced the guy he was playing. He loves match play."

Yani Tseng says she would like to play a PGA Tour event

Yani Tseng has emerged as the most dominant force in golf this season, picking up her 11th victory of the year at the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open. Speaking with the Chinese media, Tseng expressed interest in testing her skills out on the PGA Tour in the future:

“If an opportunity presents itself, I would like to play in a PGA tournament to learn more from male golfers. I wouldn’t care about the results because I’d just want to enjoy the feeling of playing with guys and learning from them to further improve my skills.” 

Hog wild 

A gang of wild boars have inhabited the Suntree Country Club in Melbourne, Fla., tearing up the golf course in the process. Local news station WFTV has the story

The hogs are tearing up the grass along a number of holes on the golf course at the Suntree Country Club near North Wickham Road. 

Residents say they spotted one boar that appeared to be 300 lbs. with two and a half inch cutters, which are like small tusks. 

"They are razor sharp," said wildlife trapper James Dean, about the boars.  "They are coming into the backyards on the golf courses and rutting up the ground, and I mean tearing it up with their snout to get grubworms, insects, snakes. They just get down with their tusks and keep going and going and going.”

One resident of the golf course community described the mess he found in his back yard as a “two-foot deep, eight foot by eight foot, swimming pool.”

Trappers have already caught 17 wild boars but believe there to be at least six more of the hogs in the area. Sounds like a job for Bagdad, Fla., native Boo Weekley.

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October 27, 2011

Truth & Rumors: McDowell denies role in Rory-Chubby split

Posted at 11:31 AM by Ryan Reiterman

The saga over Rory McIlroy's split from agent Chubby Chandler took another twist Wednesday as McIlroy's BFF and Ryder Cup partner Grame McDowell denied any role in luring the reigning U.S. Open champion away from Chandler's group.

"I've heard I'm supposed to have enticed Rory, well I purposely took a back seat in it all," 2010 U.S. Open champion McDowell told reporters on the eve of his Andalucia title defence at Valderrama.

"Rory makes his own decisions and doesn't listen to anybody. I certainly wasn't going to sway him about what to do with his career. Even if I could he'd only resent it if it didn't work out."

McDowell made a similar switch from ISM to Horizon earlier in his career.

"I went through the same process three or four years ago and it was very amicable. Rory's split seems pretty amicable as well," he said of his close friend and fellow Northern Irishman.

"That's life, it's business, not personal. We are one big travelling circus out here and it pays to get on with each other," added McDowell.

Day Eyes No. 1
Besides Luke Donald, Keegan Bradley and Rory McIlroy, Jason Day was another player who had a breakout season in 2011. Day didn't win this year, but he had 10 top 10s, including runner-up finishes at the Masters and U.S. Open.

So how did Day become a top-10 player this season? He credits his new mental coach, who helped him get over an early-season funk.

The 23-year-old confirmed his rich potential with his debut Tour win at the Byron Nelson Championship in May last year and cemented his place among the elite with two runner-up finishes at the U.S. Masters and the U.S. Open this year.

In between, however, was an angst-filled period as he battled sinus problems and a dip in form that left him sapped of energy and bored with practice.

Enter Neale Smith, an Australian coach based in California, who taught Day to enjoy his "homework" and have a clearer focus on his game-plan during tournaments since being hired in February.

"It (was) very hard to get up in the morning and go, 'You know what, I want to go play golf'," Day told reporters on a conference call on Thursday.

"I wasn't playing great golf. I was very disappointed, down on myself on the golf course. I'd go, 'I don't want to be here.' I'd go home for a week or two weeks. I'd be bored. I'd go out and practice. It wasn't fun.

"I'd go back out and play. That was even more disappointing. It was kind of like a vicious cycle of me losing to myself.

Day also said he thinks he can become No. 1 in the next five years. If he keeps playing like he did this season, it may not take him that long.

Toms Backs Couples
Fred Couples has been taking a lot of heat, most notably from Greg Norman and Geoff Ogilvy, for his premature pick of Tiger Woods for the U.S. Presidents Cup team. David Toms said Wednesday as long as Woods is fit and working hard on his game, he should be on the team.

"Any time that there's a captain's pick involved, there's going to be a deserving player that gets left off because you can't pick everybody.

"I guess really the only way to do it would just be to take the 12 and just make it -- the top 12 guys make the team, no captain's picks, and that's the easy way out.

"But I think obviously something that Fred thought long and hard about. He's talked to Tiger quite a bit about it, and I still think that Tiger in a match play format is very, very difficult to beat.

"And I'm not sure as an opponent you'd want to play him. So I think it's a great pick."

China Cooling Off?
Last week Time magazine outlined several reasons why the economic bubble in China might be ready to pop. (Time and Golf.com are both owned by Time Inc.) That's not good news for golfers, as China's been seen as one of the saviors for golf course architects. Jack Nicklaus, who knows a thing or two about building courses around the world, says things aren't looking too rosy.

"China, for example, is shut down right now golf-wise. We were over there about a month ago with a course two weeks from being finished that was shut down. They put a satellite up to monitor it to see that nobody was working."

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October 07, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Casting the lead in the new 'Seve' movie

Posted at 12:58 PM by Alan Bastable

The late Seve Ballesteros had movie star-like charisma, so it’s fitting that his story could soon be coming to the silver screen. A draft of a screenplay about the legendary golfer’s formative years has been completed, and it already has a producer, Englishman Stephen Evans, whose credits include The Madness of King George. The biopic could go into production as early as next year, according to Geoffrey McNab of The Independent:

Evans describes Seve as a Cinema Paradiso-style drama set in the world of golf.

"He came from a very proud background, an impoverished background, and he ended up marrying into the richest, (most) wealthy business, aristocratic family in Spain," the producer explained.

The filmmakers said the role of Seve is still up for grabs. The Spaniard's spikes are undoubtedly big ones to fill, but allow us to offer a few suggestions…

Banderas
Antonio Banderas:
Oozes Spanish charm and his characters have a Seve-like knack for escaping trouble.

Javier
Javier Bardem:
Wonderfully versatile actor who can channel just about anyone. Bonus: Seve won five majors; Bardem has won five Goyas.

Garcia
Andy Garcia:
Single digit-handicapper. And he can muster a glare every bit as intense as Seve’s.

Depp
Johnny Depp:
Probably a reach, but if he can pull off Captain Jack Sparrow...

Sprechen sie back pain? Couples discusses his radical treatment in Germany
You’d never know it from his laconic demeanor, but Fred Couples suffers from excruciating back pain. By the end of last season, the discomfort was so great that he could barely sleep at night. In Houston this week to defend his title at the Insperity Championship, the Presidents Cup captain revealed his latest attempt at relief, an experimental procedure that isn't approved in the United States. Steve Campbell at the Houston Chronicle has the details:

Desperate times drove Couples to make the trek to Dusseldorf, Germany, for a treatment known as Orthokine therapy. Developed by orthopedic surgeon Peter Wehling and molecular biologist Julio Reinecke, the procedure involves using proteins derived from the patient's blood as medication. During a five-day regimen, Couples made six office visits.

"Takes 20 minutes for this procedure every day, and he talks to you for 10 minutes, and you go on your way," Couples said.

One of the patients who preceded Couples by a week, he said, was Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who was treating an arthritic right knee. Fellow golfer Vijay Singh went in for back treatment a few days after Couples and offered this testimonial: "It's worked miracles." Among the other reported patients of Wehling are former Rockets All-Star Tracy McGrady and Pope John Paul II.

"I felt better after seeing this guy than I felt when I was 30," Couples said. "It was bizarre."

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September 20, 2011

Truth & Rumors: PGA Tour to ban Nicotine?

Posted at 3:08 PM by Michael Chwasky

PEDs, or Performance Enhancing Drugs (steroids, human growth hormone, etc.), have made a major impact on a variety of professional and amateur sports in the last couple of decades (a very conservative estimate), including professional baseball, cycling, football, and the Olympics. But with the exception of the Doug Barron incident and an odd outburst by Gary Player, PEDs haven't really made a lot of news in golf as of yet. Regardless, the PGA Tour has taken serious steps to prevent the problems suffered by other sports by adopting testing for both recreational and performance enhancing substances (since '08) and accepting most of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) list of banned substances and procedures. 

The newest and possibly most surprising development on the PED front is a probe by WADA into Nicotine as a potential peformance enhancing drug. The testing, which is based in WADA's laboratory in Switzerland, has examined use of tobacco products by athletes in over 40 different sports.

“It is not WADA’s intention to target smokers, rather to monitor the effects nicotine can have on performance when taken in oral tobacco products such as snus,” Terence O’Rorke, a spokesman for the WADA, wrote to Golfweek in an email. “The sole purpose (of including nicotine on the monitoring list) is to collect data on the potential abuse of nicotine as a performance enhancer.”

 Like baseball players and many other professional athletes, golfers are not shy about using tobacco products, both on and off the job, and a ban on such products would affect a significant number of Tour members, none of whom seem to excited about a potential ban. 

Former U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover is a regular user of smokeless tobacco and described the discussion as "crazy." 

“If you’re going to do that, you might as well outlaw drinking, too,” he said. “Alcohol is a drug, as is nicotine. I mean, if you really wanted to get down to it, caffeine is a stimulant, too.”

 Spencer Levine, who smokes on the course during tournaments, thinks a ban would be nearly impossible. 

“Half the guys out here dip,” Levin said. “I don’t think it’s going to happen because you can buy it in a store. I mean, if anybody else goes to work at a 9-to-5 job, they get a cigarette break, and guys chew in an office if they dip.”

The good news for the many smokers and dippers on Tour is that, according to Ty Votaw, the Tour's executive vp of communications and international affairs, a ban on tobacco products isn't likely to happen in the near future. 

“If WADA put nicotine on its anti-doping list, the PGA Tour would review the addition and determine if it warranted inclusion on the current PGA Tour banned list,” said Ty Votaw, the Tour’s executive vice president of communications and international affairs. “However, we do not believe that such a change in imminent.”

FRED COUPLES COMPARES TIGER TO TOM BRADY, SORT OF

Everyone loves Freddie for his style, swing, talent, and occasional Yogi-isms. Yet lately Couples has come under a bit of scrutiny for his decision, after waffling a bit, to give Tiger on of his President Cup captain's picks, regardless of the former no. 1 player in the world's lack of form and precipitous drop in the world rankings. In response to the seemingly well deserved criticism, Couples compared Tiger to Patirot's quarterback Tom Brady in a way that only he can understand

"At the end of the year, if [Woods is] the No. 1 quarterback for your team, and some other quarterback comes in there and leads you in the playoffs and you’re healthy, Tom Brady is the guy that is going to then take over after he’s been out six weeks with an injury," Couples told reporters on a conference call after Brady’s Pats had dispatched the San Diego Chargers, 35-21. "That’s the way I looked at it with Tiger."

OK, I guess we understand what Couples is saying - Tiger is still Tiger, he's just coming off an injury. And a huge sex scandal. And another injury. And a swing change. But clearly Freddie is trying, in his own way, to tell all the players vying for a President's Cup pick that there's only one spot open. 

"I'm picking [Tiger]...for sure, so I just decided to let everyone know that they were really playing for one spot," Couples said. "I felt it was justified to my team, also, that anyone outside of the Top‑10, they were fighting for one spot."

In regard to who Captain Couples is leaning toward for his second pick, it seems the the obvious young guns are at the top of his list. 

"I think Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas and probably Keegan Bradley are the three leaders in this three‑ring circus right now to be the 12th guy," Couples said. "Brandt Snedeker has [been] playing incredible golf and Bill Haas has, too. "And of course, Keegan Bradley has won twice this year, including a major," Couples noted. "He fought hard playing Saturday and Sunday here, and his name is right there." 

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September 14, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Cap'n Couples likes Bradley's game, hmmm...

Posted at 12:57 PM by Mike Walker

If you’re looking for hints about who will get Fred Couples’s second captain’s pick for this year’s Presidents Cup team, his captain’s blog on PGATour.com is a good place to start. (Sure, take a minute to reflect on the idea of "blogger Freddie Couples.")

Couples has already said Tiger Woods will get one of his picks, and many big names will be outside the top 10 in points qualifying, which ends after this week’s BMW Championship. So is PGA Champion Keegan Bradley leading other candidates like Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson and Brandt Snedeker? Here’s what Couples said about the PGA champ.

In terms of my role as captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup Team, the last month or so has certainly been encouraging as well. From Keegan Bradley's victory at the PGA Championship to Webb Simpson's victories at the Wyndham Championship and Deutsche Bank Championship, plus Dustin Johnson winning The Barclays, it's been a great stretch for the young Americans on TOUR. I had the opportunity to play with Keegan for the first time at the Shell Houston Open back in April and was really impressed with what I saw. He's a young guy that plays fearless golf and never gives up, which really was apparent on Sunday at the PGA. If he ends up on our squad in Australia, I know he's a player we can count on.

Couples will announce his selection on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The Presidents Cup will be in Melbourne, Australia, Nov. 17-20.  

Rory McIlroy could face difficult decision on Irish Open

Rory McIlroy could have to choose between playing in the Irish Open next year and the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, the site of his historic U.S. Open win, according to Brian Keough of the Irish Independent.

Sources have indicated that the European Tour is about to negotiate an Irish Open deal with potential sponsors Zurich that could see the event move from its recent August Bank Holiday weekend slot to the last weekend in June.

But while that comes two weeks after the US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, it also clashes with the PGA Tour's AT&T National at Congressional Country Club, on from June 28 to July 1.

McIlroy is currently working on his 2012 schedule as he plans to rejoin the US circuit next season and play on both sides of the pond.

But the European Tour will have to be careful when deciding on a potential date change if it does not want to run the risk of losing Ireland's top-ranked player.

Stating that McIlroy could be lured to Washington DC during Irish Open week, [agent Chubby] Chandler said: "Rory is considering his options at the moment. The tournament in the States is at Congressional so it is reasonably attractive too!"

Webb Simpson goes silent Twitter over ‘negativity’

The dark side of the Internet claimed another victim in Deutsche Bank Championship winner Webb Simpson, who told reporters he deleted Twitter from his phone because he was turned off by “people saying mean things.”

Q. You Tweet fairly often. Some guys have decided that they don't want to Tweet. What do you get out of it?

WEBB SIMPSON: Well, I like Twitter. I like the social media aspect of it. But kind of the main -- my main reason I signed on was just kind of to read what other people said. I loved hearing what other athletes say or other people I like to follow. But at the same time, getting in contention, I get more followers; I win, I get more followers, and there's a lot of negativity there, people saying really mean things. So last week I deleted it on my phone. I still have the account, but it was just kind of -- it's hard not to read what people say. Don't get me wrong, 90 percent of the people were very complimentary, but you still have people out there that they want to share their opinion any way possible. I'm signed off currently right now.

Q. So you're not worried about getting a lot more followers if you were to win like $10 million?

WEBB SIMPSON: Well, I figured I'd keep the account because in case my sponsors want me to do a little more talking on Twitter about my sponsors. But I might sign back on to check it out if I won the FedExCup.

Lee Westwood had a similar issue with Twitter, although he apparently can’t resist the opportunity to tweak his pal Rory McIlroy. Sounds like these guys would be great on "H8R," the new reality TV show where celebrities like Snooki and Kim Kardashian confront their online critics.

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August 22, 2011

Tiger Woods wants spot on Presidents Cup team and might add Tour event

Posted at 3:33 PM by Mike Walker

Tiger-misses-cut-poof_298x372 Tiger Woods said he hopes that U.S. captain Fred Couples picks him for this year's Presidents Cup team, according to a blog post on TigerWoods.com, and he might be willing to change his schedule to help his chances.

Woods is currently 28th on the qualifying list for the biennial matches between the United States and "the World." The tournament will be played Nov. 17-20 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. (The Ryder Cup is the U.S. vs. Europe; The Presidents Cup pits the U.S. against an International team, which can include players from any non-European country.)

The top 10 Americans in the rankings make the team automatically, and each captain has two wild-card picks. Couples has said he wants to pick Woods for the team, providing Woods plays more tournaments before he goes to Australia. (Woods has committed to playing the Australian Open on Nov. 10, a week before the Presidents Cup, and he is likely to play the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai on Nov. 3.)

"I've had some conversations with U.S. captain Fred Couples, and we'll see how it goes." Woods said. "Of course, I want to be on the team. It's always fun to play for your country, and we did pretty well two years ago in San Francisco.

"I'm just going to keep practicing and try to get better," he continued. "It's Freddie's call, and he can make any choice he wants."

Woods confirmed that he will play at college friend Notah Begay's charity tournament in upstate New York on Aug. 31. He also said he might add another PGA Tour event to his schedule.

Because Woods failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, he is not eligible to compete in a PGA Tour event until after the Tour Championship, which concludes Sept. 25.

"I might add another PGA Tour event to my schedule," Woods said. "Right now, I'm looking at my options."

If Woods adds an event, it means he'd be playing in the PGA Tour's Fall Series, the golf equivalent of Derek Jeter making a rehab start in Trenton, N.J. The Fall Series events are the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, the Frys.com Open in Northern California, the McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, Ga. and the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Orlando.

In other news, Woods said he has not hired a permanent replacement for longtime caddie Steve Williams. His childhood friend Bryon Bell caddied for Woods at the Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship.

"I haven't decided on a new caddie yet, but am definitely thinking about it a lot." Woods said. "There's a few guys I'm looking at, but it all depends on timing. At this point, I'm in no hurry to make a decision.

"What am I looking for? Two things: A person with a lot of experience, and a person I'll have fun with."

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