One day, far off in the future, when he’s designing golf courses and trading old yarns with Phil Mickelson at the Masters champions dinner, Tiger Woods will be a Ryder Cup captain.
But for now, Woods has some advice for current Team USA captain Tom Watson: Pick me.
After missing more than three months following back surgery, Woods remains far outside the top-nine in qualifying points who automatically make the team. After a disappointing British Open, Woods would need a good finish at the WGC-Bridgestone and the PGA Championship to even qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. So he’ll likely need one of Watson’s three captain’s picks to make the Ryder Cup team that’s going to Gleneagles, Scotland in September. Woods thinks he should get one.
“I would say yes. But that's my position, my take on it,” Woods said after his final round of the British Open. “He's the captain. Obviously it's his decision. He's going to field the best 12 players that he thinks will win the Cup back. And I hope I'm on that team.”
Watson has been circumspect in his comments about Woods. He absolutely, 100 percent wants Woods on the team, Watson has said, but only if Woods is healthy and playing well.
"If he's playing well and he's healthy, I'll pick him," Watson said. "But then the caveat is if he doesn't get into the FedEx Cup. What to do then? And that's the question I can't answer right now."
Woods was a captain’s pick on the 2010 Ryder Cup team in Wales and the 2011 Presidents Cup team. In both cases he had missed significant time for injuries that prevented him from qualifying for the team on points. He was the top qualifier for the 2012 Ryder Cup team.
Compared to his dominance on the PGA Tour, Woods’ Ryder Cup record is uneven. His overall Ryder Cup record is 13 wins, 17 losses and 3 ties. However, his singles record is an excellent 4-1-2. Woods has played on only one winning Ryder Cup team in his career — in 1999. He missed Team USA’s victorious 2008 romp because of injuries.
Watson played the British Open this week at age 64. He finished at 1-over, five shots better than Woods.
Golf.com senior editor Jeff Ritter contributed to this report