Corey Pavin: Tiger Woods 'high on my list' for U.S. Ryder Cup spot
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin told reporters at a news conference in downtown Milwaukee on Monday that Tiger Woods is still "high on my list" for one of four wild card spots on the team.
Players have been accumulating points over a two-year period and the top eight (Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Jeff Overton and Matt Kuchar) have earned a spot on the team that will represent the United States at the 38th Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales, on Oct. 1-3.
Woods is still the No. 1 player in the world but is No. 12 in the U.S. Ryder Cup points standings. He and several others -- including Anthony Kim, Lucas Glover and Zach Johnson -- will have to rely on a nod from Pavin to receive one of the four remaining spots on the team.
“He played better last week,” Pavin said of Woods, who has struggled all year. “He's working on some things that seem to be improving his game. So I was obviously pleased to see that happen last week. His comments to the press and the media are very positive. He wants to play and he wants to be on the team. Again, he's high on my list. He's certainly a big consideration, no doubt.”
Pavin added: “Come Sept. 7, I will let you guys know who those four are going to be. But [Tiger] and a lot of other guys are up on my list, and probably that list will grow in the next three weeks.”
-- Chuck Schilken
Photo: Corey Pavin attends a news conference Monday in Milwaukee. Credit: Andy Lyons / Getty Images