European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie said he hopes Tiger Woods plays for Team USA in the Ryder Cup in Wales this fall because Woods’s absence would hurt the event’s stature, according to Peter Higgs of The Daily Mail (UK).
"I would love to see Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup," said Montgomerie. "It would be a much lesser event if he wasn't playing. He probably won't be in the top eight qualifying places going into their last qualifying event. "But he could pull it out of the bag, play well at the US PGA and make the top eight. I wish him well and my gut feeling is that he will be at the Ryder Cup."his own marriage problems
Speaking at Celtic Manor, the venue for the event in October, the 47-year-old eight-time Order of Merit winner said: "I don't know where that might have come from. I've no idea. It's the greatest honour that can be bestowed on any European golfer and I've loved every minute of being captain and of having the opportunity to captain a winning team. I think that people who say these things are completely out of bounds. There is no way that I have ever thought of doing anything like that."PGA Championship at Whistling Straits might not repeat 2004 success according to Josh Lintereur of The Sheboygan Press
The 2004 PGA Championship pumped an estimated $76 million into the state economy and attendance surpassed 300,000 over the course of the week.
However, PGA officials say they're not using the 2004 event as a benchmark when it comes to attendance. "The 2004 championship was in a stratosphere by itself," [PGA Championship director Barry] Deach said. "Whistling Straits was an unknown venue, there was a lot of mystery about it in the golf world. You take (into account) novelty and the economy, and it's going to be different." The PGA won't disclose attendance until after the tournament is over, but officials say ticket sales were very strong in recent weeks.
"It's been a long year," he told gathered reporters. "I haven't had a nice, long break my whole career."Stray Shots Laverne and Shirley opening credits The New York Daily News While Seated blog The Boston Herald
The 30-year-old said he will not return until the Castellon Masters in his native Spain, effectively ruling himself out of the Ryder Cup in Wales.
Garcia, who is well outside the automatic spots, said he had told European captain Colin Montgomerie.
"I've talked to him -- he knows what I'm planning to do.
"I need the break," Garcia added
"I need to miss the game a little bit." Only a top three finish in the final major of the season in Wisconsin would leave Garcia in a qualifying place on the Ryder Cup points list.