The 2014 British Open has had plenty of highs, but Tiger Woods finishing six-over is not one of them. Having a personal worst finish in a major as a professional golfer does not entitle a player too many things, especially when it is Woods’ storied career. However, the superstar still believes he deserves a spot on the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team despite his dismal performance this season. Clearly, this is a joke in itself.
“I would say yes; but that’s my position, my take on it,” Woods said Sunday after shooting a 75 in his final round at The Open Championship, according to 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.”
The only way Woods, who has appeared in just seven tournaments since December, can make the team is if Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson chooses him as a Captain’s pick. Watson recently stated that he has trimmed his Captain’s selections from four to three players. That means Woods’ chances of being chosen have dimmed quite a bit.
In the past, Woods has been selected as somewhat of a wild card. What I mean by that is he has not shown enough during the course of a season to make the team outright. Yet, he is still selected for the Ryder Cup due to a Captain’s pick because the team is hoping that he will find some of his old magic. There is no denying that Woods is one of the greatest golfers to ever live. If there is any chance that he could shine then that is a chance the Ryder Cup team is willing to take.
I have to imagine it is going to be a different story this year. Watson wants to put the best team together. Unfortunately, that does not include Woods, unless he gets his act together on the course. Woods will have to average top-three finishes in the next two tournaments, which includes the PGA Championship, if he wants to qualify for the FedEx Cup. If he doesn’t, then Watson cannot on good conscious pick Woods.
“If he’s playing well and in good health, I’ll pick him,” Watson said, according to ESPN. “But the caveat to that is if he doesn’t make the FedEx Cup, what do I do then? That’s not here yet.”
Everyone would like to see Woods on the Ryder Cup, especially if he was able to help Team USA win. However, I still believe it is a joke that he deserves to make the team when he has hardly had an impact on the PGA Tour this year.