I hate to be the bearer of bad news, guys, but the dream is dead. Tiger Woods is not going to be on the 2016 Ryder Cup team. It's just not going to happen. Woods hasn't played in a year and won't anytime soon. He will, however, be at the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine as a vice captain.
Captain Davis Love III told Sky Sports recently that Woods' role as a vice captain is starting to take form. Woods has been thinking how he wants to manage the pod of four players of which he will be responsible as vice captain and who he wants that group to be. (It's safe to say Phil Mickelson will not be involved.)
"He was texting me some pairings and some groupings," Love told Sky Sports. "He's put a lot of thought into it. He's kind of our tactician a little bit. He's a guy who's probably one of the most prepared guys when he shows up to a golf tournament.
"He's already picked his four. I can't tell you who they are. He knows who he wants to watch and who he wants to manage, who he'll get along well with. Paul Azinger really showed us that breaking it down into groups and having each group be responsible for themselves is the way to go. Tiger is all over that."
My guess for the four is Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar (if he makes it) and Brooks Koepka. This is a completely uneducated (and probably incorrect) guess. It's pretty cool, however, to see Woods taking his role as vice captain so seriously. The two other vice captains (Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker) are actually still playing to potentially get on the team though probably only Furyk has a real shot.
The Ryder Cup cannot get here soon enough.
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