Tiger Woods fails to secure automatic Ryder Cup spot
Tiger Woods’ continuing fall from golfing grace gathered momentum at last weekend’s US PGA Championship as the world No1 failed to earn an automatic spot for the forthcoming Ryder Cup.
An out-of-sorts Woods failed to mount a title challenge at Whistling Straits finishing tied-28th in the tournament, which left him in 12th place in the US Ryder Cup standings – with only the top 8 qualifying automatically.
Tiger must now rely on being one of Corey Pavin’s four captain’s picks, which are announced on September 7th. Pavin’s post-tournament comments have left Woods in no doubt that his Ryder Cup place is by no means certain.
“He’s high on my list and he’s certainly a big consideration, no doubt, but as I’ve said before I’m looking at everybody and, come September 7th, I will let you guys know who those four are going to be,” said Pavin.
“He and a lot of other guys are on my list, and probably that list is going to grow in the next three weeks.”
Northern Ireland starlet Rory McIlroy, who rose to a career best seventh in the latest World Rankings after finishing tied-third, believes that should Woods benefit from one of the captain’s picks he will be a beatable competitor for any of the European side.
McIlroy said: “I would love to face him. Unless his game rapidly improves, I think anyone in the European team would fancy their chances against him.”
Meanwhile, the race for places in the European team has entered its final phase with only two qualifying tournaments remaining – this week’s Czech Open and the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Star names such as Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter are all struggling to make the final list and also might have to rely on the generosity of Captain Monty.