Woods Dreams Of Being Picked By Furyk To Compete In Versailles.

Paramus, New Jersey …

Tiger Woods revealed he’s been dreaming of being handed what would be an eighth USA Ryder Cup team cap.

Woods is returning to competition for a first occasion since his brilliant share of second place in last fortnight’s PGA Championship in St. Louis and in what his best finish in a Major since a similar place result in the same Major nine years earlier.

Tiger Woods reveals he dreams of being picked by Jim Furyk to compete in next month’s Ryder Cup (Photo – www.golfbytourmiss.com)

The current World No. 26 is also contesting this week’s Northern Trust, and the opening event of the lucrative FedEx Cup Play-Off Series, for a first occasion since being joint runner-up in the then 2013 Barclays Championship.

Woods, as well, is ranked 11th on the USA Ryder Cup points table and will know on September 5th, and when Team Captain Jim Furyk announces three of his four ‘wildcard’ selections, if he will head to France as a vice-captain or as a member of Furyk’s team.

“I want to be picked and I want to be part of the team”, said Woods.

“The interesting role here is that I’m a vice captain, so we’re talking about myself in the third person a lot.  So, that’s one of the more interesting conversations we were having.

“We were having a lot of fun with it but yeah I’m one of the guys on the short list and sometimes I’ve got to pull myself out of there and talk about myself in the third person, which is a little odd.”

Woods was asked, and when off the golf course, if he dreams of being on Furyk’s team he responded:  “Yes, I do.

“I started at the very beginning of the year, I told Jim I wanted to be a part of the team, not just as a vice captain but as a player.  I’m very close to making that happen.

“It’s been a long year and one that was one of my goals was to make that team, because to be part of that team, you’ve got to be one of the 12 best players and I’m kind of trending towards that.”

Though foremost on Woods’ mind is committing himself to all four ‘Play-Off’ events including being among the leading 30 and thus qualify for the FedEx Cup deciding Tour Championship that commences on September 20th in Atlanta.

“I’m playing the first three right now and that should get me into Atlanta and on the back side is obviously The Ryder Cup,” said Woods who is currently ranked 20th on the FedEx Cup standings.

“That is a lot of golf and as I was explaining to you guys back in Akron, it’s about pacing myself and making sure I don’t practice too much, don’t overdo it, and make sure my training schedule goes well.

“That’s one of the hard things this year is trying to find the right balance, and as the summer has gone on, I’ve gotten better and felt better, and this is a pretty important stretch.”

Woods revealed also he spent last week, and following his superb St. Louis showing, relaxing and spending time with his two children at his Florida home.

“Well, I took a few days off and I didn’t put the clubs away,” he said.

“I was going to soccer practices every day, so I was doing that.  I didn’t — it was exciting to make a run but I lost by two at the end.  I did make a push on Sunday which was nice.  I just couldn’t, you know, I shot a low round but it just wasn’t enough, on a golf course that soft, we needed to make a few more birdies”.

Woods will contest the opening two rounds of this week’s $US 9m Northern Trust in the company of Australia’s Marc Leishman and current European No.1 Tommy Fleetwood.

Strangely, the trio were grouped together earlier this year for the first two days of the Masters but with Woods struggling with scores of 73 and 75.


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