The Fringe: Watson Says Woods On Ryder Cup Team 'If Healthy'

By Matthew Castonguay
Friday July 4th, 2014 11:14 am EDT

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Watson on Woods: “If He’s Healthy, He’s on the Team”

Tom Watson is a very busy man right now. Not only is he in the field this week at the Greenbrier Classic and at The Open Championship in two weeks, he’s also the 2014 Ryder Cup captain for the United States. With that title comes a lot of responsibility and a lot of tough choices. 

One choice that won’t be difficult is whether or not to include Tiger Woods on the Ryder Cup roster. Watson has mentioned numerous times that a healthy Woods would be a shoe-in for one of his three captain’s picks this fall. On Wednesday, he reiterated that sentiment. 

“If he’s playing well and he’s healthy, he’s on the team,” Watson said during a press conference. “Right now he’s way down the list as far as points, but who wouldn’t pick Tiger Woods to be on your Ryder Cup team? That is the question to everybody. Who wouldn’t pick him?” 


With Woods missing all of April, May and most of June recovering from back surgery, the former world No. 1 is currently ranked 208th in FedExCup points. The 14-time major champion missed the cut in his first start back at the Quicken Loans National and won’t play again until The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. 

Despite critics and those worried about Ryder Cup snubs in the event that Woods is chosen as a captain’s pick, Watson remains adamant that his game plan is “just common sense.” 

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Steve Spurrier Owns Impressive Record on the Links

Steve Spurrier is arguably one of the greatest coaches in college football history and, while most people will never understand the game the way he does, it’s likely they share a love for one of the Ol’ Ball Coach’s favorite things: golf. 

The game of golf is actually very popular among many college coaches, but Spurrier may be the most afflicted… and he’s really good too. 

You see, Spurrier has never been beaten by one of his players … ever.  According to a story by David Hale on, the last player who tried to tarnish Spurrier’s record, Ryan Succop, current Kansas City Chiefs kicker and University of South Carolina star from 2005-08, fell to Spurrier, 77-79. 


Hale wrote, “Succop was good, and Spurrier knew it. The kickers are always the ones to worry about. So the coach made sure to set the odds in his favor, scheduling their match just as spring practice drew to a close. Spurrier had been out on the course enough to shake off the rust during the previous month, but the players rarely have enough time.”

“All of them say, ‘Coach, when are we going to play again?’ and I say, ‘No, no, you had your chance,’ ” Spurrier said of the players looking to avenge their loss. 

Spurrier, 70, knows that his best golf is behind him and that many of these young kids are very good. That’s why the wiley “old ball coach” knows, “you have to pick your spots when you play someone who’s a lot better than you.”

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Lee Westwood Saves Worksop Soccer Club with Sponsorship

When you make your living on the PGA Tour (most of the time) organizations call because they want to sponsor you. In the case of former world No. 1 Lee Westwood, at least one club was calling because they wanted him to sponsor them

When Westwood found out that his hometown soccer club, Worksop Town FC, was in a “perilous situation,” and that steps were being taken to save the club, he was happy to help out as best he could. 

“Worksop Town are the world’s fourth oldest club,” Westwood said in an interview with the Worksop Guardian. “Their history and position in the heart of the community should be safeguarded.” 


Westwood lent his support by sponsoring the team’s jerseys, a move that is the financial equivalent of adding 40 club memberships. Next year, the team will sport the logo of the Lee Westwood Golf School

“When the Worksop Guardian approached me with [the] idea of sponsoring the shirts for the coming season, I saw it as an ideal way of showing my support for the club,” Westwood said. 

Well, with England and the U.S. already eliminated from World Cup action, it’s good to see Westwood still has some soccer to cheer for. 

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Kennedy can be seen as the real man he was, outside the walls of the White House. The images offer an inside glimpse into his private and luxurious life.  The President was a lover of golf and his passion is well represented.  At the center of the exhibit is one of Kennedy’s golf carts.  The golf cart sits in front of a photo of Kennedy driving a group of sunbaked children around. Read More

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The WGC-Match Play Championship will be heading north from Arizona to San Francisco in 2015, and it’ll be bringing a new look with it. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and PGA of America President Ted Bishop announced on Wednesday that the championship will be played at TPC Harding Park, and it’ll adopt a new “World Cup-type” format. Read More

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