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Adam Scott: ‘It’s better’ for Presidents Cup if Tiger Woods is playing captain

September 27, 2019

Will he or won’t he choose himself as a Presidents Cup captain’s pick? That is the question of the moment for Tiger Woods. It is something his peers certainly have an opinion on as well.

Talking with Will Gray of Golf Channel, International Team member Adam Scott made his thoughts very clear Thursday. “It’s better when he plays than when he doesn’t, even if he only plays two matches,” Scott said. “It’s better for the event if he does. I guess he has to decide if it’s better for his team or not.”

Is it as simple as that? Perhaps. Woods has been signing his captain’s blogs as ‘Playing Captain’ ever since he won the Masters in April, but an achy back and average form kept him from finishing the year on a high note. It’s left him with a particularly tricky decision — choose myself, the most excitable golfer to ever live, or another player who might be in better form?

Woods has stated that his inclusion as a player in the event will come from unanimous agreement among the eight players who automatically qualified for the American team. Getting the popular vote there doesn’t seem like a difficult task. To escape any sort of criticism or second-guessing, though, Woods himself will need to play more competitive golf. The 43-year-old recently had arthroscopic knee surgery and will only play a few times between now and the Cup.

Is that enough? Scott seemed to speak for us all. “It’s hard to know exactly where Tiger’s at with everything,” Scott told Gray. “When he wins the Masters you think he’s going to win another five majors straightaway, and then right now we don’t know exactly how his health is.”

Woods will play in the inaugural ZoZo Championship in late October, as well as the 4-man Japan Skins match earlier that week. He’ll then finalize his team with four captain’s picks on Nov. 4, about one month prior to the Presidents Cup taking place in Australia.

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