Answers, and questions

Tiger Woods wrapped up his week at Whistling Straits with another inconsistent round, this one marred by wild driving. Now, he says, it's back to practice and, later, he hopes on to the Ryder Cup as a captain's pick.


His round of 73 was Tiger Woods' worst of the week, as he hit no fairways on the back nine. (Getty Images)

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents

KOHLER, Wis. -- Some questions were answered but others remained as Tiger Woods finished his fourth round in the 92nd PGA Championship.

Woods is still interested in playing for the United States in the Ryder Cup, but he didn't earn enough points to move from 10th into the top eight in the standings. So he's hoping American Captain Corey Pavin will make him a captain's pick.

"I think I got a chance of maybe helping out in singles," said a joking Woods, who has played in five Ryder Cups and is 3-1-1 in singles but 7-12-1 combined in foursomes and four-balls.

"... No, I mean, no, I feel like my game is a lot better than it was obviously last week, and given a little bit more time it's starting to head in the right direction now, which is good,” he added. “And I'm looking forward to it, hopefully Corey will pick me on the team."

Woods had shot 18 over a week ago in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational -- his worst performance as a pro. He didn't break par in any round that week, but managed to do that three times in the PGA Championship.

His round of 73 on Sunday was Woods' worst of the week. But as was the case in Akron, he still struggled to hit fairways -- none, in fact, on the back nine Sunday -- and just 21 of 56 for the week.

"I hit my irons really good today," Woods said. "I drove it terrible. Couldn't quite get it. I was able to hit my 3-wood well. But I just couldn't get a feel with the driver on how to do that. I was doing it on the range pretty good, but just couldn't carry it through."

Woods moved up 11 spots in the FedExCup standings to No. 108. As such, he's very likely in the field for The Barclays, the first event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, in two weeks. The Wyndham Championship next week is the last one of the regular season in which players can earn points.

Woods, who made three birdies in his first four holes, planned to go home to work on his game in preparation for the weeks to come. He's still looking for his first win of the season and has now gone two years without winning a major for the first time since the 2003-2004 season.
"In order for it to be a great year you have to win a major championship," Woods said. "I won six times last year and it was a good year, yeah, but it wasn't a great year.  There are times when I had won major championships in a year and I consider that being a great year."

Woods declined to say whether he planned to hire Sean Foley, who spent time with Woods on the range nearly every day, as his new swing coach. Foley works with Hunter Mahan, Sean O'Hair and Stephen Ames.
"I asked him to take a look at my swing this week and give me some ideas of what he sees," Woods said. "I like some of the things he had to say about my golf swing and where I needed to go. I like the direction because I was able to hit the shots that I used to be able to hit feel-wise ... and the shape of shots too which was great. So when you get that kind of contact again it's good.
"As far as working down the road, I'm sure I'm going to see him a little bit more. I still want to pick his brain a little bit more. I don't really have all of his whole concept yet. But I would like to get to know him a little bit more before I fully get into it."