Tiger Woods Is ‘Automatic’ Ryder Cup Captain’s Pick If Healthy, says Tom Watson

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Tiger Woods birdies the 12th hole at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March. (Fred Vuich/Sports Illustrated)

Tom Watson confirms in his interview with Golf Magazine’s Jeff Ritter that a healthy Tiger Woods will indeed be a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team this September at Gleneagles in Scotland. Watson was asked if Tiger would be added to the team if he doesn’t make it on points.

Here is Captain Tom’s response:

"I’ve said it before that he’s an automatic pick. You can’t have a player of that caliber not on the team. But that has to be weighed next to what his health is. I hope he can get back in the swing, because he wasn’t playing his best even before the surgery. But if he’s not physically right, Tiger will be the first one to tell me."

Watson says Phil Mickelson, who has yet to record a top-10 finish this year, would also likely be a captain’s pick.

Those are the not only choice nuggets from Watson in the interview. He address his sometimes-chilly relationship with Tiger and revisits the final hole from his near-miss in the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry. He also reveals what Jack Nicklaus told him in a phone call after the tournament.