Is Tiger Woods set to PLAY in this year's Ryder Cup?

Tiger Woods

A few things have happened as a result of Tiger Woods finishing in a tie for sixth at the Open at the weekend.

For one, he has climbed back into the world’s top 50. That, in turn, has earned him a spot in next week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone.

He has also become a contender for a place in captain Jim Furyk’s US Ryder Cup team.

The US PGA Championship WON'T be on TV

Open silver medallist Locke makes decision on future

Woods, already a vice-captain for September’s match at Le Golf National, has jumped 11 spots in the US Ryder Cup points race after his performance at Carnoustie.

That’s still some way off the top eight positions that will earn automatic qualification for the team after next month’s US PGA Championship but, having muscled his way into the Bridgestone Invitational where he is an eight-time winner, an on-form Woods has two great opportunities to force his way into the reckoning.

Jim Furyk Ryder Cup Trophy

At the very least, he is going to be part of the discussion for one of Furyk’s four captain’s picks – something that Furyk has himself admitted.

“I'm going to handle him the way I do everyone else,” the skipper told the Associated Press. “I'll ask my top eight guys. The way he's playing, he might be one of them. I'll ask the vice captains, collectively, and I think we'll do the best we can to round out the team. We want the guys playing the best.''

• Catriona Matthew names two vice-captains for 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles

On the subject of Woods’ performance at the Open, Furyk added: “We had a lot of guys in pretty good form. Flip over to Tiger, you look at him because he's Tiger, and he's earned a lot of attention. I loved seeing him play well. I loved seeing him jump to 20th. It's fun to watch. But we'll handle him like everyone else.”

Team USA Ryder Cup points race - current standings

1. Brooks Koepka

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Patrick Reed

4. Justin Thomas

5. Bubba Watson

6. Jordan Spieth

7. Rickie Fowler

8. Webb Simpson

--

9. Bryson DeChambeau

10. Phil Mickelson

11. Xander Schauffele

12. Matt Kuchar

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
HOW DO THE NEW TITLEIST T-SERIES IRONS PERFORM?
Titleist
play button
HAS TITLEIST MADE BIG IMPROVEMENTS? | T-Series irons review
Titleist
play button
PLAYING THE OLD COURSE AT ST ANDREWS | AN EPIC EXPERIENCE
Callaway Golf
play button
DRIVING TIPS FROM A TOUR PRO | with Ewen Ferguson
Ewen Ferguson
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

“Olympics should be for amateurs” says tour pro
WHS: Has the World Handicap System been good or bad for golfers?
Olympic medal hopeful OUT after positive COVID-19 test
Rory McIlroy: “If you’re not right mentally that’s an injury too”
American Golf to design Open-inspired apparel range

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Denis Pugh’s tips for swinging on plane
Watch
play button
Timing your strike
Watch
play button
Make a bigger shoulder turn
Watch
play button
Move the ball further forward in your stance
Watch
See all videos right arrow