You didn’t really think we’d forget about the Big Cat, did you? Twelve months ago, you’d have been laughed at for suggesting Tiger had more to offer Team USA than a vice-captaincy role, but he has been transformed since going under the knife for an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion operation in April 2017.
Question marks over just what kind of golfer we would see on his return have been answered with unequivocal evidence that the 14-time major champion still possesses the game to win tournaments. He’s finished inside the top ten on five occasions in 2018, including thrilling tussles for The Open and PGA Championship that, baring the odd slip, could have ended differently.
Still, one of golf’s all-time greats will rely on a captain’s pick to make the team, but Jim Furyk (old pals with Tiger) would be out of his mind to not select the former-World Number One and Ryder Cup veteran. Plus, there’s no denying that only Tiger Woods has the ability to add literally thousands to the TV viewing figures…
There may be more consistent players available this year, but Woods has shown flashes of his ludicrously gifted younger self on too many occasions to be overlooked.
Four-balls pairing: Justin Thomas. Good friends with Woods, the Kentucky boy has an air of the young Tiger about him – an ideal recipe to get the Big Cat roaring.