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Tiger Woods plans to play his way onto Ryder Cup team

August 4, 2010 | 12:38 pm

Woods_250 Tiger Woods, never one to lack confidence despite an occasional slump (for him, at least), didn't answer a very pointed question Wednesday during a news conference at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

When first asked by a media member if he'd accept a captain's selection onto the U.S. Ryder Cup team, Woods simply said, "I'm planning on playing my way onto the team."

Which isn't difficult to believe with two weeks left before the cut since he's currently No. 9 in the American rankings and he's the defending champion and a seven-time winner of the Bridgestone Invitational. The top eight Americans automatically qualify for the team. Four other players will be selected to the team by U.S. captain Corey Pavin.

A couple of other media members weren't satisfied with Woods' original response and pressed the issue of whether he'd accept a captain's appointment. To which he continually replied, "I'm planning on playing my way onto the team."

End of subject.

-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Tiger Woods addresses the media at the Bridgestone Invitational on Wednesday. Credit: Sam Greenwood / Getty Images