The nagging knee injury that caused Tiger Woods to grimace each time he made a bad swing last week at Torrey Pines will be keeping him out of the 2008 Ryder Cup.
Obviously he was in a great deal of pain, and this news sucks for two reasons, but is potentially good for another. The Ryder Cup currently belongs to the rag-tag group of Euro players and Woods, a talented golfer by some accounts, would provide a great lift to this year’s squad. I mean, he leads the Cup standings by roughly 7,ooo points. Secondly, the Cup will take place at Valhalla this year, so Kentuckians will be robbed of seeing the world’s best player compete in an extremely exciting weekend of golf.
The good news, however, is that Kenny Perry is now solidly in sixth place in the Cup standings (as BTI already told you) and Holmes sneaks up to thirteenth. The captain, Paul Azinger, gets four picks this year instead of the customary two, with the top 8 being automatic (BTI told you that, too). Perhaps, with Holmes being a Kentuckian, Azinger could take a chance on him. That’s total conjecture, but it would be cool to see two guys fighting to bring the Ryder Cup back to their country, while playing in their home state.
Bobby Perry has not yet been contacted by Ryder Cup officials.