Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee might think Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson don’t deserve to be Ryder Cup captains, but Woods’ former coach Hank Haney could not disagree more.
“Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are just such iconic figures in U.S. golf and golf, period,” Haney said. “If they wanted to be the captain of the Ryder Cup, at any time, I wouldn’t even hesitate for two seconds, and they would be the captain.”
Haney did say the two future Hall of Famers should take separate turns as assistant captains rather than serving together, but that, of course, depends on their success as players in the coming years. Both aging stars struggled in 2015, and Woods announced in September that he will not return to the PGA Tour until 2016 as he recovers from another surgery on his ailing back.
Haney, however, still has plenty of confidence in his former client.
“I think Tiger can still win a golf tournament for sure,” he said. “I don’t know how you don’t pick him [for a Ryder Cup team].”