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Woods and Steve Stricker went 5-0 two years ago in the Presidents Cup at Harding Park. The only team -- Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup -- that Woods missed was in 2008 because of knee surgery.
"I'm the captain, and he wants to be on the team," Couples said. "This is my chance to hold my rank above him one time. And I'm going to do it. Look, he has carried this tour for a long time. If somebody looks at it wrong, if I end up picking him -- which I probably will -- they would be crazy. He doesn't want to go there and lose. He hates to lose. So he's going to do his best.
"But I've got to push him to play a little bit so he'll do a little bit better."
Meanwhile, Couples said PGA champion Keegan Bradley was not guaranteed a captain's pick if he needed one. Bradley is a 25-year-old rookie who has won twice this year, including the final major of the year.
"I firmly believe that the way he's playing, he's going to play his way on the team," Couples said. "And that would be, for him, the safest way of getting on this team. If he doesn't make it, he's got a great shot at being picked."
Players have until the third playoff event -- the BMW Championship in Chicago that ends Sept. 18 -- to finish among the top 10 and qualifying. Bradley is at No. 18.
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