Tiger To Play For USA
The world’s number-one ranked golfer Tiger Woods will represent the U.S. at next month’s Ryder Cup, despite failing to automatically qualify for the team for the first time in his career. U.S. team captain Corey Pavin has used one of his four “Captain’s Picks” on Woods. Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink and Rickie Fowler were the other captain’s selections. The quartet joins Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Hunter Mahan, Jeff Overton, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, and Dustin Johnson, who all received automatic bids because of their points rankings. Pavin said his selections were based on creating a diversity of styles and the best possible matchups for the American team. Woods told the media he feels his game has improved a lot during the past month, and is looking forward to competing for his country at the Ryder Cup in Wales, as the “away team.” Woods has yet to win a tournament in 2010, but has improved as of late. He qualified for this weekend’s BMW Championship, the third of four events in the PGA Tour Playoffs. Only the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup point standings get to play this weekend. Tiger is 51st in the standings.