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By subbing in Fowler, Presidents Cup captain Woods plays it safe

When Brooks Koepka called Tiger Woods to announce his withdrawal from next month’s Presidents Cup, Woods was presented with an opportunity.

Sure, it’s never a good thing to take the world No. 1 off your roster before flying halfway around the world, but the American playing-captain had no shortage of options at his disposal. He could have tabbed a rising star, rewarded an accomplished veteran or ridden the hot hand.

Instead, he played it safe.

On paper, the addition of Rickie Fowler to the 12-man roster has plenty of merit. He’s a decorated champion who hasn’t missed a U.