Vice-captain? No, Tiger Woods wants to PLAY in 2018 Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods

At the very least, he’ll be there as a vice-captain but that’s not enough for Tiger Woods – the 14-time major winner wants to play in this year’s Ryder Cup in France.

Woods, 42, is targeting a place in captain Jim Furyk’s team as the US looks to retain the trophy it won so convincingly at Hazeltine in 2016.

At present, the former world No.1 – seven times a player in the Ryder Cup – is well down the pecking order to make the US team. He’s currently lying in 33rd place on the points list, behind the likes of Brendan Steele, Patton Kizzire and Ted Potter Jnr.

RELATED - Tiger named vice-captain for 2018 Ryder Cup
MORE - Jack Nicklaus makes bold Tiger prediction

However, such has been the impressive nature of his return from injury so far this year, many are touting him to make a late push to force his way into the team.

Speaking to the media ahead of this week’s Memorial Tournament, Woods, who last played in the 2012 match at Medinah, admitted that it’s a goal of his to play at Le Golf National this September.

RELATED - Tiger to captain 2019 US Presidents Cup team

“Of course I want to play,” he said. “I haven't played in a while. I have a lot of work to do between now and then to be part of the team as a player. I'm going to be part of it either way as an assistant captain. And I know that the players and the captain wear different outfits as part of the Ryder Cup and I would really like to screw that up!”

MORE - Tiger puts new irons in the bag

Qualifying for the 2018 US Ryder Cup team concludes at the PGA Championship in August. The top eight players on the standings after the final major of the year qualify automatically, with the team rounded out by four captain’s picks. 

US Ryder Cup Qualification - Current Standings

Ryder Cup Points List

Golf News

Lexi Thompson splits with Scottish caddie
Pro who missed tour card by €600 suffers 'horrible' Q-School DQ
Local caddie (probably) earns biggest payday of his life
Two-way battle to be European Tour top dog
WATCH: Westwood fights back tears after Nedbank win

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
Review: Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick tips with Denis Pugh and Peter Barber See all videos right arrow

play button
The correct grip is essential to good ball striking
Watch
play button
Let your arms and shoulders work together
Watch
play button
How to hit the golf ball higher
Watch
play button
Don’t let the hands flip over at impact
Watch
See all videos right arrow