OK, I ADMIT TO BEING FACETIOUS in my headline, but there are many ways Paul Azinger could go with his four captain’s picks for the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
It’s been widely reported that Zinger is willing to think outside the tee box when it comes to making his picks, including going “off” Tour to select a hot Nationwide or Champions Tour player. He might just have the guts (or stupidity?) to do such a thing, but I doubt that it will happen.
As I say in my 2008 Ryder Cup Report (sign up under the blue welcome message), having four picks (instead of the customary two) will mean that more responsibility for his team’s success or failure will rest on his shoulders.
And if Azinger was, in his absolute wildest thoughts, considering himself? (NO! NO! Don’t do it!)
Paul had a 5-7-3 overall record in four Ryder Cups. He was 2-0-2 in singles, including a hard-fought halve with Nick Faldo in 1993 after the Cup had been decided.
Recently, Zinger has made two cuts in eight 2008 events and is ranked 749th in the world. Hot or not, definitely not a good pick. Not that Paul is on anyone’s list.
−The Armchair Golfer
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