Tiger Woods believes he’s earned a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team despite his horrible performance at the British Open.
Woods finished tied for 69th place. It was his worst finish in a major — although it was only his second tournament since his March 31st back surgery.
Ironically, Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson, 64, finished the British Open tied for 50th place.
But Woods believes Watson should pick him to represent the U.S. against Europe at the Gleneagles Resort in Scotland, Sept. 23-28.
“I would say yes; but that’s my position, my take on it,” Woods said via ESPN. “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.”
Woods doesn’t have a realistic chance of being among the nine automatic qualifiers for the U.S. team, which will be determined after the PGA Championship, Aug. 7-10, at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
But Watson can make three at-large selections on Sept. 2 — the day after the Deutsche Bank Championship, a FedExCup playoff event.
Woods is currently 212th in the FedExCup standings. Fellow American Phil Mickelson is in 97th place. Woods and Mickelson have a lot of ground to make up to be selected to represent the U.S. in the Ryder Cup.
“If Phil and Tiger don’t make it in the mix there, I’ve got some real thinking to do,” Watson said. “Everybody is thinking that I’m going to pick them automatically. I can assure you that I’m not going to pick them automatically. I said about Tiger that I’ll pick him if he’s playing well and he’s in good health.”
Woods knows he’s digging out of a very big bunker.
“I’ve got more game time under my belt,” Woods said. “Obviously there’s a lot of things I need to work on, but I haven’t been able to work on a lot. I was down for three months. So, I’m just now starting to come back.”