Tiger Woods is back on the PGA Tour making waves. And while he has yet to win an event this year, he’s playing well. Obviously, he’s aiming a little higher than just ‘playing well’, but it’s good to see his body holding up as he gets back into the swing of things (dammit, sorry). Going forward, though, he has a little bit of a loftier goal in mind. The Ryder Cup comes to us at the end of September, and Tiger Woods wants to be on it. Per ESPN’s Bob Harig, Tiger breaks it down quite simply:
“Of course I want to play. I want to [be there] as a player,” Woods says. However, he understands very well that it’s not just as simple as waltzing right back into the team.
“I have a lot of work to do between now and then to be part of the team as a player.”
Right now, Woods ranks 33rd this PGA Tour season after playing in eight different events. However, he didn’t play in any of the 2017 Ryder Cup points-earning events. And, he’s not top-eight on the current tour. Eight of the 12 spots go automatically to those players. And while it’s far from likely that Woods cracks the top eight, there’s always the chance of the at-large pick. Those four picks will be made by Jim Furyk.
And if Woods keeps playing like he is while managing to sprinkle in a win or two, it’s hard to see Furyk overlooking him. Yet for now, it’s far from a lock that we see Tiger at the Ryder Cup.
But can you imagine?