Zach Johnson isn’t discounting Tiger Woods for the Ryder Cup
Ahead of the Sony Open in Hawaii, US captain Johnson said he would not make any concessions in selecting Woods to compete in the tournament if the 47-year-old did not automatically qualify for the team.
“I would only think about putting him on the team if he feels — if he puts up some numbers and some scores, No. 1, where he’s showing some signs of being competitive,” Johnson said in a media conference Wednesday. He is feeling
“And then No. 2, those discussions will be with the other guys that are part of that team, and especially with him. If I have any confidence in Tiger Woods, it’s that he’s invested heavily in this team and future cups. Too much invested. I can’t say it enough,” Johnson added.
“And then I think you’ll do anything and everything for the betterment of the team. I believe he would say … I don’t like to base assumptions … but I’m sure he would say, ‘Yes, I can play, or no, I can’t.’
Last year, Johnson sure Woods will be part of the US Ryder Cup “in some capacity,” adding that Woods made it a “priority.”
“Who he is and what he’s about, I can’t tell you right now: I don’t know if he’ll be here next year, but he’ll be a part of this team in some capacity,” Johnson said.
However, Woods’ health could complicate that, Johnson admitted.
“He’s been through some things of late that make it difficult, whether it’s travel or what have you,” said the US Ryder Cup captain.
Injury has hampered Woods’ recent career, with his playing time marred in February 2021 after he suffered a serious leg injury in a car accident.
The 47-year-old pulled out of the Hero World Challenge in December, citing foot pain, and appeared to struggle with movement at various points during the seventh edition of The Match that month.
“I think something that’s realistic is playing the Tour one day, never full time, never again, but pick and choose, like Mr. (Ben) Hogan did,” Woods told Golf Digest. C,” Woods told Golf Digest His accident in 2021
“You pick and choose a few events a year and you play around that. You practice around it, and you prepare yourself for it. And you play. I think I’ll have to play like this from now on.
“It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand that, and I accept that.”
A biennial competition that alternates between Europe and America, the Ryder Cup is being played in Italy for the first time later this year – from September 25 to October 1 – at the Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, 10 from the centre. is miles away. Rome
Team USA regains the Ryder Cup in 2021 after a historically dominant performance over Europe at the Whistling Straits.