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Couples in a pickle over final Presidents Cup pick

Fred Couples said Sunday he will use the Tour Championship to determine his final captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup.

"I just decided to let everyone know that they were really playing for one spot," he said. "I felt it was justified to my team, also, that anyone outside of the top 10, they were fighting for one spot."

While Tiger Woods will be breathing easy, safe in the knowledge he was hand-picked by Couples last month, the likes of Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas will have to sweat it out a while longer.

"We still have another week, but that could easily change anyone's mind," Couples said. "I want these guys to know that the Tour Championship is still deciding my second pick."

While the captain of Team U.S is undecided, Hunter Mahan, who cemented his place after Cog Hill is in no doubt who he thinks should be selected: the PGA Championship winner, Keegan Bradley.

"I don't think anyone else is really an option," Mahan said. "Not over a guy who won twice, including a major. I think he's earned that right.

What else do you want him to do? It's a money list over two years, and he only had one year. He won a major. I know what I would do. Everyone is talking about young guys, and he's done a pretty good job. I don't understand what the problem would be."

Couples wouldn’t have to choose just one from players like Bradley, Snedeker, Haas, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson and Mark Wilson if he had not selected Woods, who hasn’t won in two years and whose game is unpredictable after a year of injuries.

There have been complaints about the former No.1 in the team, but Couples has paid them little heed.

"I think Tiger ... has been the best player in the world for a dozen years. I think he's been a little injured," Couples said.

"Is he playing great golf as of a month ago? Of course not. We're all pretty attuned people. We all realize that. But he had 2 1/2, three months to work on his game. I talked to him a lot. And I know he's working hard. I'm relying on him to have a good time and play well in Australia. I think he's a guy that does not like to not play well."

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