There was no shortage of interested observers on Sunday as Tiger Woods set out to play the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, including U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson.
“The shot he hit at No. 5 I said, ‘Something’s wrong with Tiger. You don’t hit that terrible of a shot ever, ever,’” Watson said on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio’s “Fairways of Life with Matt Adams” Monday morning.
Four holes later Woods withdrew from the event citing back spasms and pain, leaving his status for this week’s PGA Championship – and September’s Ryder Cup – in question.
“It concerns me because it’s an injury he tried to address before, he’s tried to come back from that particular injury,” said Watson, who also sent Woods a text message wishing him well.
As for Woods’ waning Ryder Cup chances, he is currently 69th on the U.S. point list (with the omission of Dustin Johnson), Watson echoed an previous assessment when asked about the former world No. 1.
“Tiger would be a great addition to our team and, as I’ve said all along, I would pick Tiger Woods if he’s healthy and playing well,” Watson said. “This doesn’t bode well right now. I just hope it’s maybe an isolated problem and he can turn it around and possibly play this week at the PGA.”
The PGA is the final event to qualify for this year’s matches – Woods would likely need to win to earn one of the automatic spots – and Watson will announce his three captain’s picks on Sept. 2.