St. Louis – Tiger
Woods has made a “good case” to be a captain’s selection for next
month’s US Ryder Cup team, US vice-captain Davis Love said on Tuesday at
the PGA Championship.
Love, who makes his 100th major start on Thursday at Bellerive
Country Club, says 14-time major champion Woods has demonstrated solid
reasons why he should be chosen in only eight months back after spinal
“I think he’s got a good case,” Love said. “There’s a list of points
per start, and he’s done really well in that. He’s got a lot of
Woods, who missed all of last season while rivals scored points, has
jumped to 20th on the Cup qualifying list with only the PGA remaining
before the top eight players qualify.
Woods, set to be an assistant captain alongside Love in September’s
showdown with Europe at France’s Le Golf National, must win the
Wanamaker trophy for a record-tying fifth time to earn a berth on the US
squad on points.
But US captain Jim Furyk makes four captain’s picks next month and
Woods figures to be a prime contender for one of them, according to
Love, the US captain in 2012 and 2016.
“The way I looked at it, if I was a captain, I’m looking to make
pairings, and everybody on the team wants to play with Phil Mickelson or
Tiger Woods,” Love said. “So I think he’s an easy pick from that regard
and the way he’s been playing, if I was on the other side, I wouldn’t
want him picked, so that’s another good reason.
“When we get in the room and we start talking about it, I’m sure he’ll be definitely up on the list, if he doesn’t make it.”
The only drawback Love could see from having Woods serve as a playing
assistant captain is losing his voice when it comes time to make key
“We would have to kick him out of some meetings, probably, (and) he
has been so instrumental in helping us with pairings and ideas and game
plan,” Love said. “But if you’re talking about him, you need him out of
the room for picks or for making pairings. So it would be a little bit
awkward. That would be the only negative.
“But he has added so much value off the golf course for us the last
two that, if we could have him for both this time, it would be great.”
At the 100th PGA
Championship, Love becomes only the 14th player to reach 100 major
appearances, the 54-year-old American having won his only major title at
the 1997 PGA Championship.
“It’s amazing to be in that group, to make it that far,” said Love, whose first major was the 1986 PGA.
Love served as a caddie for his son at last year’s US Open and 2017
PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas was once a teen prodigy sleeping
in Love’s house.
“It’s just amazing that I’ve literally seen his whole professional
career,” Love said.
“The things I’ve gotten to see in golf, the cool
stuff, it just never ends.”