Zach Johnson is not discounting Tiger Woods for the Ryder Cup
Tiger Woods may type a part of the US Ryder Cup workforce – or not less than, Zach Johnson isn’t ruling it out.
Forward of the Sony Open in Hawaii, US captain Johnson mentioned he wouldn’t low cost choosing Woods to compete within the match if the 47-year-old didn’t qualify for the workforce routinely.
“I might solely ponder having him on the workforce if he felt – if he was placing up some numbers and a few scores, No. 1, the place he’s displaying some signal of being aggressive, “Johnson mentioned at a media convention on Wednesday.
“After which No. 2, that dialogue could be had with the opposite guys which are part of that workforce, and particularly him. If there may be something I belief in Tiger Woods, is that he’s extraordinarily invested on this workforce and the longer term Cups. Extraordinarily invested. I can’t communicate that sufficient,” added Johnson.
“After which I feel you’d do something and the whole lot for the betterment of the workforce. I assume he would say … I don’t like basing on assumptions … however I’m assured that he would say, ‘Yeah, I can play, or no, I can’t.’”
Final 12 months, Johnson confirmed Woods could be a part of the US Ryder Cup “in some capability,” including that Woods had made it a “precedence.”
“Given who he’s and what he’s all about, I can’t inform you proper now: I don’t know if he will probably be right here subsequent 12 months, however he will probably be part of this workforce in some capability,” Johnson mentioned.
Nevertheless, Woods’ well being may complicate this, Johnson conceded.
“He’s gone by way of some issues as of late that make it tough, whether or not it’s journey or what-have-you,” mentioned the US Ryder Cup captain.
Damage has hampered Woods’ latest profession, his enjoying time decimated since he suffered severe leg accidents in a automotive accident in February 2021.
The 47-year-old withdrew from the Hero World Problem in December citing his foot ache, and at varied factors had seemed to be battling motion throughout the seventh version of The Match that month.
“I feel one thing that’s lifelike is enjoying the tour in the future, by no means full time, ever once more, however decide and select, similar to Mr. (Ben) Hogan did,” Woods informed Golf Digest after his accident in 2021.
“Decide and select just a few occasions a 12 months and also you mess around that. You observe round that, and also you gear your self up for that. And also you play. I feel that’s how I’m going to must play it any longer.
“It’s an unlucky actuality, nevertheless it’s my actuality. And I perceive it, and I settle for it.”
A biennial competitors which alternates between Europe and the US, the Ryder Cup is being performed in Italy for the primary time later this 12 months – September 25 to October 1 – on the Marco Simone Golf & Nation Membership, which is 10 miles from the middle of Rome.
Crew US regained the Ryder Cup in 2021 following a traditionally dominant efficiency over Europe at Whistling Straits.