Hours after the first nine spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team were finalized, captain Tom Watson opened the door to adding Tiger Woods as a wild-card pick, and indicated that the former world No. 1 expressed an interest in joining the squad next month at Gleneagles.
Woods missed the cut at the PGA Championship, one week after withdrawing from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and four months after undergoing back surgery to alleviate pain from a pinched nerve. He is 70th on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, but Watson explained the contribution Woods - if healthy - could make to the team.
"He is Tiger Woods. He brings something to the team in a big way," Watson said Monday at Valhalla Golf Club. "He's been really good in the team room of recent, and he's a factor with the players. I know that for a fact.
"But the most important thing is, can he play? Can he physically play, and is he playing well?"
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