The PGA Championship begins today at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. It’s the last chance in 2010 for guys like Tiger Woods to join Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, and Louis Oosthuizen as Major tournament winners for the year.
It’s been a disastrous year for Eldrick Woods. He’s participated in nine tournaments this year and has yet to win, and outside of two T-4’s at the Masters and The U.S. Open, he has yet to be in contention. He’s coming off an absolutely dreadful performance at the WGC Bridgestone-Invitational last weekend where he finished T-78 with a nasty-looking 18 over par. He’s still the number one ranked player in the world, but that has more to do with how the Official World Golf Rankings are calculated than how he is actually playing at this point.
Much of the talk this week has centered around the upcoming Ryder Cup and whether or not Woods deserves a spot on the team. He currently sits 10th in the Ryder Cup standings, with the top eight earning automatic spots on the team. The final four spots on the team will be chosen by captain Corey Pavin. Golf Channel reporter Jim Gray reported Tuesday that Pavin told him Woods was guaranteed a spot on the team. Pavin denied that report and publicly confronted Gray yesterday. All of this means that this is a hot button issue that, in some ways, overshadows “Glory’s Last Shot” this weekend.
We’re getting in on the fun as well here at The Sports Debates. What better way to introduce the newest member of our team, Optimist Prime. The question being tackled today is: “Should Tiger Woods be on the Ryder Cup team given the way he has performed this season?”
Optimist Prime will argue that Tiger should most definitely be on the team given his experience. Sports Geek, however, will argue that Tiger does not deserve to be on the team because he hasn’t played well enough to earn the spot.
The pins are set. Now, fire at the flag and make some birdies!