Watson trusts Woods to make call on health for Ryder Cup

Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:08pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) - U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson expects Tiger Woods to give an honest assessment of his fitness before he decides whether to make him one of his three wildcard picks for the Sept. 26-28 event against holders Europe.

Though Woods missed the fourth major cut of his professional career at last week's PGA Championship after playing a limited schedule this year following back surgery, Watson said he would rely on Woods's to honestly assess his readiness to play.

"I think it really directly comes from Tiger, how he assesses himself, because Tiger, he has a directness to him. He's just like me. I'm direct and he's direct," Watson told a news conference at Valhalla on Monday.

"I can't assess his medical condition and I honestly can't assess how he's playing. It really is going to be having to come from information from Tiger himself."

Woods is not scheduled to play again before Watson announces the wildcards on Sept. 2, although he could find a tournament to play in to test his form.

"The most important thing is his health," Watson said, a day after the automatic top-nine selections in his team had been inked in for Gleneagles.

"I've said it consistently all the way through the issue with Tiger after his injury. If he's healthy and is playing well, I'll pick him. Right now, his health is not good.

    "He is Tiger Woods and he brings a lot to the team, if he has the ability to play and he's healthy. He brings a lot to the team. And I'd be a fool not to consider him."   Continued...

PGA golfer Tiger Woods reacts as he walks down a fairway during the second round of the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014. USA TODAY Sports/ Brian Spurlock