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Tiger Woods would be on his Ryder Cup team, Jack Nicklaus says

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Tournament host Jack Nicklaus joined Tiger after he won the 2012 Memorial Tournament.

To pick Tiger, or not to pick Tiger? That seems to be everyone’s question -- for Tom Watson.

The latest to go to bat for the struggling Woods is the Golden Bear himself.

Jack Nicklaus said in a July 24 Ryder Cup press conference that if he was captain, he would “certainly choose him.”

Watson has said a number of times that as long as Tiger is healthy and playing well, he’d pick him to be part of the team that faces off against the Europeans in September at Gleaneagles in Scotland.

It's unlikely Tiger would make the team on points alone. He would have to earn top-three finishes in both the WGC-Bridestone Invitational next week and the PGA Championship in two weeks to secure one of nine automatic berths. Or, he has to be one of Watson’s three captain’s picks.

Nicklaus isn’t worried following Tiger’s performance at the British Open.

“Obviously the results weren’t what he wanted,” Nicklaus said. “I suspect that he’ll be back and do just fine.”

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