Tiger Woods might type a part of the US Ryder Cup workforce – or at the least, Zach Johnson isn’t ruling it out.
Forward of the Sony Open in Hawaii, US captain Johnson stated he wouldn’t low cost deciding on Woods to compete within the event if the 47-year-old didn’t qualify for the workforce robotically.
“I’d solely ponder having him on the workforce if he felt – if he was placing up some numbers and a few scores, No. 1, the place he’s exhibiting some signal of being aggressive, “Johnson stated at a media convention on Wednesday.
“After which No. 2, that dialogue could be had with the opposite guys which can be part of that workforce, and particularly him. If there’s something I belief in Tiger Woods, is that he’s extraordinarily invested on this workforce and the longer term Cups. Extraordinarily invested. I can’t converse that sufficient,” added Johnson.
“After which I feel you’ll do something and every thing for the betterment of the workforce. I assume he would say … I don’t like basing on assumptions … however I’m assured that he would say, ‘Yeah, I can play, or no, I can’t.’”
Final yr, Johnson confirmed Woods could be a part of the US Ryder Cup “in some capability,” including that Woods had made it a “precedence.”
“Given who he’s and what he’s all about, I can’t let you know proper now: I don’t know if he shall be right here subsequent yr, however he shall be part of this workforce in some capability,” Johnson stated.
Nevertheless, Woods’ well being might complicate this, Johnson conceded.
“He’s gone by way of some issues as of late that make it tough, whether or not it’s journey or what-have-you,” stated the US Ryder Cup captain.
Harm has hampered Woods’ current profession, his taking part in time decimated since he suffered critical leg accidents in a automotive accident in February 2021.
The 47-year-old withdrew from the Hero World Problem in December citing his foot ache, and at varied factors had appeared to be battling motion in the course of the seventh version of The Match that month.
“I feel one thing that’s lifelike is taking part in the tour in the future, by no means full time, ever once more, however decide and select, identical to Mr. (Ben) Hogan did,” Woods instructed Golf Digest after his accident in 2021.
“Decide and select just a few occasions a yr and also you mess around that. You follow round that, and also you gear your self up for that. And also you play. I feel that’s how I’m going to need to play it any more.
“It’s an unlucky actuality, however it’s my actuality. And I perceive it, and I settle for it.”
A biennial competitors which alternates between Europe and the US, the Ryder Cup is being performed in Italy for the primary time later this yr – September 25 to October 1 – on the Marco Simone Golf & Nation Membership, which is 10 miles from the middle of Rome.
Workforce US regained the Ryder Cup in 2021 following a traditionally dominant efficiency over Europe at Whistling Straits.