United States Ryder Cup captain Corey Pain issued some interesting comments that as it pertains to Tiger Woods' status on the Ryder Cup team.
Pavin stated this week that Woods will need to earn his way onto the team, and will not be handed a spot strictly because of who he is.
Pavin will make four captains picks in addition to the top eight players who qualify.
“I’m not going to treat Tiger any different than any other player,” Pavin remarked following Sunday’s final round of the Byron Nelson Championship. “He’s certainly not going to be an automatic pick.
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“He’s just going to be treated like everyone else. I’d love to have him on the team but I want him to be playing well.”
Currently, Woods sits in 11th position in the Ryder Cup standings, behind Matt Kuchar, who is in 10th place.
Phil Mickelson has accumulated the most points and headlines the group of qualifiers through the Byron Nelson Championship.
Since Woods returned from a five-month self-imposed absence, he has played in three events. He finished in fourth place at the 2010 Masters, and followed that up with a missed cut at the Quail Hollow Championship. Two weeks later, Woods withdrew from the Players Championship on the seventh hole during Sunday’s final round citing neck spasms.
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An MRI later reveal that Woods has an injury to his neck, which he is in the process of rehabbing.
It is reported that Woods will be in the field for the Memorial Tournament, and then would go on to play in the U.S Open in mid-June, held at Pebble Beach. In 2000, the U.S Open was contested as Pebble Beach, in which Woods won by a record 15 strokes.
Pavin has been on record stating that he had hoped Woods would return prior to the Ryder Cup so as to be on the team.
“I hope he plays some more and continues to play well and makes the team, but I will just have to wait and see what his schedule is. He has other things that he is focusing on as well and I don’t think he knows what his schedule will be, so it depends on how things go in his private life and I respect him for what he is going to do and I will have to just wait and see.”
Online Sportsbooks have Woods and Mickelson set atop the field of betting favorites to win the 2010 U.S Open at Pebble Beach. Mickelson claimed the year’s first major at the Masters back in April.