Tiger needs to play

U.S. captain Fred Couples wants Tiger Woods on the Presidents Cup team, provided Woods plays tournaments before he shows up at the Australian Open a week before the matches. Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship — only his second tournament in four months — and failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

HARRISON, N.Y. — U.S. captain Fred Couples wants Tiger Woods on the Presidents Cup team, provided Woods plays tournaments before he shows up at the Australian Open a week before the matches. Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship — only his second tournament in four months — and failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. That makes him ineligible for any PGA Tour event until the first week of October. Couples is to make his two captain’s picks on Sept. 26, the day after the Tour Championship. “He can’t just show up the week before in Australia,” Couples said Wednesday at the Senior Players Championship. “I have made it clear that whoever I picked will be playing the Australian tournament the week before. But I need him to play more than just there. There’s quite a few tournaments after the Tour Championship.” Woods already has a contract to play in the Australian Open in Sydney. The Presidents Cup is the week after, on Nov. 17-20, at Royal Melbourne. Woods has played every Presidents Cup since he first became eligible for them in 1998.