“After careful consideration, it is with regret that I have decided to cancel my trip to Australia later this month for The Presidents Cup,” Jordan said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. He was Couples’ honorary captain in 2009 when the U.S. won the Presidents Cup in San Francisco, so there goes that good-luck charm. “With the NBA labor situation unsettled, as the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, I feel it is necessary that I remain in the country. It was an honor to have been chosen by Fred Couples to serve as a captain's assistant. I wish Fred and the United States team the best of luck.”
Jay Haas is the other assistant captain. Jordan will be replaced by John Cook, a Champions Tour player and 11-time PGA Tour winner. Cook also happens to be a friend of Tiger Woods, who is playing on the U.S. team in the Nov. 17-20 competition.
“While the team will miss his friendship, spirit and leadership, we certainly understand the complexity of his current team obligations,” Couples said.
Probably just as well. No doubt he would have been asked about the ongoing lockout and, well, the last time that happened, David Stern rendered him $100,000 poorer.