While Woods is already serving as one of Davis Love III's U.S. assistant captains, Love wouldn't rule out picking the 14-time major champion as a captain's pick for the biennial clash with Europe, according to Golf.com.
"He doesn't have to be number nine in points to get picked," Love said in a Golf Live interview that will air in its entirety next Tuesday.
"He's itching to play as much as anybody," Love said. "If he's playing well, it would be hard not to go with him."
Woods hasn't played since the Wyndham Championship in August, but there has been more optimism lately surrounding his return, after recent videos of him on the range at Tiger Jam and playing his first holes in eight months.
Whenever he makes it back to the PGA Tour, it sounds like Love is willing to give him every opportunity to make the team and help in more ways than one at an event the U.S. has won only two times since 1995.