Tiger Woods Still Hoping to be on United States Roster for Ryder Cup
By Vincent Paul Hidalgo | July 21, 2014 11:07 PM EST
Tiger Woods of the U.S. tips his cap on the 18th green after finishing his final round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 20, 2014.
After his worst showing in a 72-hole major tournament preceded by a subpar return from injury at Congressional, Woods' performance would not be enough to catapult him into the final list to be selected by U.S. team captain Tom Watson. He opened the British Open with a 69 and pretty much everything went downhill from there, finishing at 69th place. This was his worst place in a tourney after placing 40th in the PGA Championship in 2013 and 40th in the 2012 Masters.
Nevertheless, Woods is not shying away from the possibility of him being included in the 12-man lineup in the Ryder Cup that will pit the best of the United States against Europe at Gleneagles this coming September.
"I would say yes; but that's my position, my take on it," Woods said as per ESPN.com. "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."
He just made too many mistakes in the British Open, if it was the recovery from the back surgery, observers are still skeptical. Woods has still has two tournaments to convince the team captain to select him for the Cup which he has missed only once since his inclusion in 1997. He just stands at no. 72 in the standings and will have to rely on the sentimental pick of team captain Watson to be in the final roster.
Watson on the other hand would have to see more of Woods to be conclusive on the reasons for his recent dismal performances. He just came back from rounds of back surgery to relieve a pinched nerve that sidelined him for three months. The performance in the British Open was more of a combination of rust and pressure.
Woods remains positive throughout the comeback process the same stance he took after his showing at Congressional. He knows he has a lot of things to work on and he is continually building on his game and strength. Come September, he hopes he will have a chance to strut his wares and represent his country with a positive outcome.
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