By T.J. Auclair, PGA.com Interactive Producer
KOHLER, Wis. – Tiger Woods does not want U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin to use one of his four wildcard picks on him.
However, if Woods isn’t one of the eight U.S. players to make the team automatically come Sunday evening when points close at Whistling Straits after the final round of the PGA Championship, he wouldn’t turn down an invitation to play as a captain’s selection.
Woods was asked point-blank on Tuesday whether he would accept the captain’s pick to play in the Ryder Cup.
“Yes,” Woods said.
Tiger was then asked if he had spoken to Pavin yet this week.
“No, I have not,” he said. “Haven't seen him and hopefully I won't be a pick. I would like to be able to play myself on to that team.”
Currently, Woods is No. 10 in the U.S. standings – two spots outside of earning an automatic bid.
Woods had a much different tone Tuesday compared to what he told reporters on Sunday following a dreadful 7-over 77 at Firestone and a tie for 78th in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – a tournament he had won seven times previously.
On Sunday, when asked if he wanted to be on the U.S. team, Woods said, “Not playing like this, definitely not, not playing like this. I mean, I wouldn't help the team if I'm playing like this. No one would help the team if they're shooting 18 over par [Tiger’s 72-round total at Firestone].”
He was then asked if he would pick himself at this stage.
“I think I can turn it around, but we've got a lot of time between now and then, which is good,” Woods said on Sunday.
And, now, Woods feels as if he is turning it around.
With a couple of practice rounds in the books at Whistling Straits, along with the eyes of renowned coach Sean Foley on his swing – though Tiger will neither confirm or deny they are working together – Woods seems happier with the state of his game.
"One of the things I'm excited about the last few days is I made some good progress, and I've got one more day tomorrow," he said.