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Nicklaus defends Tiger Woods, slams Corey Pavin

May 27, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

Jack Nicklaus is starting to sound like the old man from S*** My Dad Says. Which is kind of awesome. We all know that recently Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin gave his stamp of non-approval to Tiger Woods, saying: “He’s certainly not going to be an automatic pick. He’s just going to be treated like everyone else.” Speaking to reporters in Madrid, where he was checking out a golf course project, Nicklaus had his own take on the Pavin-Tiger controversy. And it was to-the-point, as you’d imagine.

“He’d (Pavin) need a brain scan if he left Tiger out of the team,” Nicklaus told local reporters at the unveiling of a project to design two courses at the exclusive La Moraleja, 10 miles from the venue for this week’s Madrid Masters, the Real Sociedad Hípica Club de Campo.

“Of course he should pick Tiger. The truth is that Tiger is going through some personal problems, which I’ve nothing to say about, and he’s also got some problems with his game, which he’s going to have to resolve himself. But Tiger will be in the team, I have no doubt.”

Woods announced recently that he would play at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio next week, despite withdrawing from the final round of the Players Championship on May 9 due to the effects of a whiplash a neck injury. Woods is the defending champion of the tournament, hosted by Nicklaus.
Nicklaus offers Pavin sharp advice [Irish Times]
Jack Nicklaus defends Tiger, tells Corey Pavin to get brain scan [Devil Ball Golf]
Tiger no ‘automatic pick’ for Ryder Cup team [NBCSports]

103 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ED - Jun 17, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Let the records that qualify for the team be the measure.

  2. Realist - Jun 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    4th place finish this weekend is called “bad game”? Please. Corey Pavin can’t carry Tiger’s lob wedge, even when Tiger is not at his best.

  3. B29gunner - Sep 7, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    B29, iI completely agree. Tiger Woods has done nothing that would qualify him for the Ridder Cup Team. Nicklaus is putz for sticking his nose in this issue. Cory is the man that picks the players. There are alot od great players out there. Players need to earn the right to plasy on the team.