Love expects Woods to qualify for Ryder Cup
51-year-old Love, who won his third Wyndham Championship title on Sunday, has delivered Tiger Woods a huge boost believing the struggling star can qualify automatically for his Oakland Hills team.
Woods has not played in a Ryder Cup since he conceded a ‘half’ to Italy’s Francesco Molinari moments before Love’s team lost the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012.
Tiger Woods (Credit: www.golffile.ie)
However Woods has been a big part of the US Ryder Cup task force set-up in the wake of Phil Mickelson’s damming comments post Gleneagles.
And it’s in those discussions US Ryder Cup Captain Love says he’s spoken often to the seven-time USA team capped Woods on being a member of Love’s team in a year’s time.
“I am planning on Tiger making my team and from talking with Tiger, he’s determined to play his way into the side,” said Love.
“I’ve always been close to Tiger and this whole task force thing involving guys like Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, (Phil) Micklenson Rickie (Fowler) and all of us has been good.
“I have spent so much time speaking to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson this past year than any time in my career.”
“We wanted to know what is wrong the Ryder Cup so we’ve all been working together and because of that I am more comfortable in saying to guys like Tiger and Phil: ‘Hey, let’s play a practice round at the PGA on Sunday like we did because I now know what Tiger is doing.”
Love had played a back-nine Wyndham Championship with Woods late on Tuesday last week and there was many instances where Love got a first-hand appreciation of Woods determination in striving to end a two-year winless drought.
“Tiger’s probably helped me in the last two, three weeks and more than I’ve helped. Watching him, talking about putting, taking about trying to win golf tournaments,” said Love.
“So that’s been good for both of us, and just watching him putt has been good like when he questioned me about the grip on the putter I’m using. ‘Where did that come from?’”