October 27 2011
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
When it came to Tiger Woods being picked for the U.S. Presidents Cup team, Jason Day chose his words carefully on Wednesday.
“It’s kind of a touchy subject,” the Aussie said.
Day’s point was that whether it was Woods or Keegan Bradley, twice a winner in 2011, including at the PGA Championship, who got left off it would be a topic of conversation. In this case it was Bradley.
“Tiger has dominated the game for a good 10 years,” Day said. “It's hard not to pick him.
“Keegan had a great tournament. He's won a tournament and a major and it's his rookie year. If they picked him, it would be a great addition to the team. It's very hard not to pick Tiger Woods because of what he's done in the past. It's kind of hard to not go, ‘Okay, Tiger, you're not on the team.’”
With the Australian Open a week before The Presidents Cup and Woods and Day both in the field, it’s possible the two could be paired together. That’s something Day actually approached his agent about earlier this year and is hopeful about as the event approaches.
”I know it would be very, very fun,” Day said. “Obviously [Tiger] hasn't had the best year; knee surgery, obviously the other stuff that's gone on.
“It’s been a little disappointing to see him not play as well. I think golf obviously needs him. It would be a good warm-up for him for Presidents Cup.”
Woods has played on every Presidents Cup team since 1998 and owns a 18-11-1 record in six appearances, including a 5-0 mark in 2009 when he helped lead the U.S. to victory at TPC Harding Park.But
But whether Day, the top seed for the International team who will be playing in his first Presidents Cup, faces Woods -- or had Bradley made the U.S. team -- his focus will be the same.
“Whether it's Keegan or Tiger, we still have to beat that person,” Day said. “I think as a team, we’ve got to keep playing one shot at the same time and try to beat the person in front of us.”