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Golf House coming to Southern Pines

The Carolinas is getting its own version of the USGA's Golf House.

The Carolinas Golf Association has announced plans to build Carolinas Golf House adjacent to the Pine Needles Resort in Southern Pines.

The facility will serve as headquarters for the Carolinas Golf Association as well as a museum devoted to the history of the game in the two states. Its location will allow the organization to host events at Pine Needles. The CGA offices have been located in Seven Lakes for 20 years but have outgrown the facility.

"We have talked for years about building this," CGA President Walter Todd said in a release. "We have wanted a way to display the history of the game in the Carolinas. Now we will be able to portray accurately the ideals and traditions of golf."

Observations

Captain Fred Couples did the right thing when he picked Tiger Woods as one of his two wild-card choices to be on the U.S. Presidents Cup team in Australia this fall.

It's not necessarily the popular thing but Couples picked the guy who's been the best player on the planet for most of the last 12 to 15 years and who seems to want to be on the team, an interesting twist given Tiger's supposed lack of interest in team events through the years.

The instant reaction is to ask why Couples picked Woods - currently 29th in points - over No. 11 Jim Furyk, No. 12 Brandt Snedeker, No. 13 Rickie Fowler, No. 20 Keegan Bradley or just about anyone else.

He picked him because he's Tiger Woods.

The Presidents Cup, the PGA Tour's knockoff of the Ryder Cup, immediately became more interesting because Woods will be playing, and creating interest is part of the reason they play the Presidents Cup.

Couples knew he would take a hit for picking Woods but he did it anyway.

He convinced Tiger to add a fall series event to his schedule - the Frys.com Open in October - to help sharpen his game prior to heading to Australia and it's worth remembering that just four tournament starts ago, Woods had a share of the lead on the back nine at Augusta on Sunday.

Granted, that was in April and recently Woods' game has looked as disheveled as ever.

Interestingly, if you're wondering why Woods picked the Frys.com stop instead of fall events in Orlando or at Sea Island, Ga., it just so happens he's hosting the first Tiger Woods Invitational for his foundation the following week at Pebble Beach.

Couples has taken a gamble, no question, but one worth taking. Plus, there's still room for Couples to add Fowler or Bradley or Gary Woodland if they don't qualify.

Who knows, maybe the Presidents Cup is what Tiger needs right now. Playing with his buddy Steve Stricker and hanging with Freddie may bring the good vibes he needs. Love him or loathe him, golf misses Tiger.

Dustin Johnson is Uncle Sam's golden boy again after his playoffs-opening victory last week at The Barclays, reaffirming his status as the best American player under 30.

It shouldn't have come into question, given Johnson's immense talent, but sometimes Johnson manages to fly under the radar because of his nonchalant style. He's not a great putter or wedge player, skills that will define how special his career will be, but few players can dominate a course and a tournament field the way Johnson can.

With veteran caddie Joe LaCava on his bag, Johnson is in position to be among the top American players for a decade or more. He has five top-five finishes this year and he now looks like the player to beat in the FedEx Cup playoffs, something we may be saying for many more years.

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