Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler (the first rookie to ever make the Ryder Cup team) joined Woods as well, and all four men seemed particularly excited about the opportunity.
"It's really exciting for me, obviously, to be included on the team," Cink said. "I think this makes my third time getting picked (as a captain's choice) which is getting close to a record. Which means I must not be that good at qualifying."
Woods, however, hasn't exactly had that trouble -- he's typically the first guy locked into the Ryder Cup, but obviously this season was different. Pavin refused, however, to acknowledge that he'd been thinking about Tiger's inability to qualify on his own.
"Well, what I was trying to do was not form any opinions until almost this weekend," Pavin said. "I didn't want to overburden myself so I just waited and waited and waited. Tiger's one of 12 guys on the team, and everyone's as important as the other."
Woods' own statement was even more brief -- he quickly hopped on the speakerphone at the press conference and thanked Pavin before mentioning his experience in Wales.
"I've been to Wales previously, with the Walker Cup," Woods said. "Looking forward to going with the team and hopefully bringing the (Ryder) Cup back."
Pavin was asked afterward if the picks were difficult.
"It's very easy," Pavin joked. "It's difficult but we were done at a pretty early hour last night. There was a lot of thought put into it. I spoke to all eight members of the team as well and got their opinions ... and simply made a choice."
That choice was obviously to include Woods, who's a controversial figure in that (beyond the obvious) he's been playing poor golf most of the year but also serves as the most recognizable golf figure on the planet. He's good for golf.
Now golf just needs to be good for him.