Captain Corey Pavin faces a task similar to that affecting Colin Montgomerie – the European Captain – as he struggles to put together a team from those who have qualified and the four wild card entries he has at his disposal.
Woods’ form of late has been a major problem for his Ryder Cup prospects although it is widely expected that Pavin will show no hesitation in handing him an entry. The remainder are very much up for discussion.
Bubba Watson’s position in the play off at the weekend meant he moved ahead of two other hopefuls – Lucas Glover and 2008 Ryder Cup star Anthony Kim – leaving them joining Woods in the hopeful pack. With Pavin looking to announce his selections on September 7th speculation currently has Woods and Kim as certain recipients for entry.
Many are saying that Stewart Cink, Open champion in 2009, and Zach Johnson, a past Masters champion who finished joint third at Whistling Straits, are the remaining favourites for the wild card entries, and either or both would be sensible decisions from Pavin’s point of view.
Woods expressed his hope that he will be picked for the team, explaining:
“I think I got a chance of maybe helping out in singles – save me till singles. No, I mean, I feel like my game is a lot better than it was obviously last week. It’s starting to head in the right direction now, which is good, and I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully Corey will pick me on the team. Corey texts me a lot so I’m sure he’ll be texting me or calling me and I’m sure we’ll be talking.”