Wednesday, November 2

New Assistant Captain John Cook Believes in Tiger

John Cook at the Senior Players Championship.
MICHAEL JORDAN IS OUT. John Cook is in. Jordan stepped down as assistant captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team due to his front-office duties with the Charlotte Bobcats during the NBA lockout. Fred Couples replaced His Airness with Cook, longtime pal of Tiger Woods. Captain Couples said it was an easy call.

“I’m honored, I really am,” Cook said at PGATour.com. “I think I can help.”

“Certainly my relationship with Tiger probably was an issue that helped Fred make his decision, that we’re very close.”

Despite Tiger’s struggles to regain the form that led to 14 major wins in a little more than a decade, Cook remains a bullish supporter.

“I believe in what he’s doing … there’s not many people that believe in what he’s doing right now,” Cook said. “Maybe he’ll relax a little bit knowing he’s got a compadre there that really cares about him, genuinely, as a friend.”

The Presidents Cup begins in two weeks at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.

−The Armchair Golfer

(Photo credit: Keith Allison, Flickr, Creative Commons license)

3 comments :

Russel Smith said...

While it would be interesting to watch how Jordan would contribute to Wood's team, technically speaking, Cook will be his best bet this upcoming cup.

Wonder how their team will fare this cup? Any thoughts on this?

The Armchair Golfer said...

The Americans typically perform quite well in the Presidents Cup. They're definitely more relaxed. The Ryder Cup is another story.

Golf Outing Gifts said...

All for the best that Cook is co-captain. What would MJ really bring to the table?