Tom Watson says Tiger Woods is on Ryder Cup team if healthy

Tiger Woods might not play a major, but will he play the Ryder Cup? (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods might not play a major, but will he play the Ryder Cup? (Getty Images)

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Tom Watson said on Tuesday that Tiger Woods would have one of his three captain's picks this year for the Ryder Cup if he was healthy.

Woods is currently well outside qualifying for one of the top nine automatic selections for the event but Watson is undeterred.

"I'll pick him for the team," Watson said. "I just hope he gets well and starts to play well again without pain. That's all that matters."

Should he, though? The last time Woods wasn't on the team (2008) was one of the few the US has won recently.

All of this is moot obviously if Woods doesn't get healthy by the time the compettion rolls around.

"Why wouldn't you want Tiger Woods on your team? He's had a pretty good match play record in his life. Maybe not the best in the Ryder Cup, but winning three national juniors (U.S. Junior) and three national amateurs (U.S. Amateur) in a row. He's done pretty well at match play."

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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