Woods plans to ‘play way into’ Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods hits balls on the practice range at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Tiger Woods hits balls on the practice range at the Bridgestone Invitational.

AKRON, Ohio – Tiger Woods currently ranks ninth in U.S. Ryder Cup points. The top eight through next week’s PGA Championship automatically qualify, and captain Corey Pavin will make four picks Sept. 7.

Given that and the fact Pavin plans to gauge Woods’ interest next week, Woods was asked Wednesday if he would be all in as a captain’s pick.

“I’m planning on playing my way into the team,” he said at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

Asked a couple of follow-ups on what he’d do if he doesn’t qualify, he repeated, “I’m planning on playing my way into the team.”

You have to like confidence. And if a trend continues, you have to like his chances. He has won seven of the 11 times this WGC event has been held at Firestone’s South Course.

More interesting than what Woods said is what he didn’t say. He didn’t express that he really wants to go to Wales. He left it open to interpretation that maybe he wouldn’t go if asked by the captain.

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