Today U.S. Captain Corey Pavin announced his captain’s picks for the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup Team, and on his list of four wild card selections were Nike Golf athletes Tiger Woods and Stewart Cink. Woods and Cink will join fellow Nike athlete Francesco Molinari, who made it onto Team Europe on points, at the Ryder Cup matches at Celtic Manor in Wales which are set to begin on October 1st.
Tiger expressed his satisfaction with being selected for the team in this statement on his web site: “It’s great to be part of this team, and I’m honored to be selected,” Woods said. “I’m looking forward to going to Wales and hopefully bringing the Cup back.” Through his Twitter account, Stewart Cink expressed his excitement about being selected with this simple tweet: “Whoooooooooo!”
Disappointing was the omission of Anthony Kim and Lucas Glover, who were 9th and 10th in Ryder Cup points respectively at the time the captains picks were announced, from the U.S. Team. But Kim’s comeback from thumb surgery and Glover’s inconsistent play of late were contributing factors to their not being selected for the team. Even more surprising and disappointing was European Captain Colin Montgomerie’s choice to leave Ryder Cup veteran and Nike athlete Paul Casey off of Team Europe.
It will surely be an exciting and pressure-packed three days of golf at Celtic Manor, and we can’t wait for the matches to kick off three weeks from Friday. Look for our NG Nation staff picks for the Ryder Cup some time during Ryder Cup week.