Kim smiled through gritted teeth as Freddie's vice like grip made powder of his bones - Couples will not stand for flouting of Golf Cart Health and Safety Regulations
If anyone was going to get the best out of Tiger Woods in the midst of a team format, Freddie Couples was surely that man. If you're doing it for Freddie, you're not gonna want to let the man down. The thought of a crestfallen Fred would be too horrible to contemplate, no, you must strive to make sure you're putting a rosy smile on those cheeks.
Which is why I was less than surprised to see Tiger rip it up at the Presidents Cup. The Couples Factor dictated he would do so. Also, asides from being effortlessly motivational just through his sheers lovability (you wish you were huggin Fred right now, don't you) there is also the sage captaincy he shown. All Tiger wants is to be sent out with a wise old hand who is not a major rival or potential rival for media attention - step forward Steve Stricker.
So relaxed was El numero uno, that he hadn't realised he'd bagged the momnetous "winning" putt.
"Did I really? I had no idea," he said when it was pointed out to him that he just won the trophy for his team. "I was just trying to get my point."
You see, he doesn't really give a pish about whether the team won, it's all about Tiger. Maybe that shall be the secret that Corey Pavin can employ to get more out of him at the Ryder Cup. Make it a personal competition for him. Make him chase the individual points record, point out that he has the oppotunity to go flawless in the Ryder stright after a flawless Presidents. Put up a big post comparing his crappy record to the journeymen down the years that racked up points for fun. Cause there's only won thing you'll be able to get him interested in and that's winning for him...
Getting the chance to put one over on Yang may have had something to do with it too...