US legend Tiger Woods is already on the USA team to face Europe next month at the Ryder Cup in a non-playing role and is determined to make up ground to earn selection
Tiger Woods is hoping to make a late charge into the USA’s Ryder Cup team after admitting his Open Championship near-miss result was a ‘teachable moment’
Carnoustie has been a blessing for Woods as his result from 10 days ago allowed him to qualify for this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, USA. The American also re-claimed a spot in the world’s top 50 golfers.
The 42-year-old golfing legend led The Open midway through his final round to hint his 15th Major win and first after a decade of injuries. Woods explained how much it hurts when he got so close at winning the tournament.
Woods said, “It was going to sting for a while — and it certainly does because I had a great chance at it.
“I played myself into a great position but I made a couple of mistakes there at 11 and 12, ended up costing me the tournament.”
The former world No.1, who has been hiking in Switzerland with his family since Carnoustie, has won at the Bridgestone’s venue, Firestone Country Club, eight times — including his last victory anywhere five years ago.
He is 20th in the US Ryder Cup rankings with the last qualifying event before the late September showdown with Europe in Paris at next week’s final Major of the year, the US PGA.
“My job is to get on the team,” he said. “I’m outside of the top eight.
“I’m going to be there either case (he has already been tabbed to be a vice-captain under Jim Furyk), but I would like to be there as a player as well. As a wildcard pick? What would be the word… trending.”