Love: Woods has to play, get results for captain's pick


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As rumors continue to swirl as to when Tiger Woods may return to the PGA Tour following multiple back procedures late last year, the conversation has turned to what the former world No. 1 needs to do to qualify for this year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team.

On Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Championship, U.S. captain Davis Love III put it in the simplest terms.

“He needs to play,” Love said. “Hopefully, Tiger gets back and starts playing. He has to play enough to, one, to get going, and two, to impress everybody. It's not just me.”

Woods has slipped to 101st on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list and he’s had just one top-10 finish on the PGA Tour in two years.

Love named Woods one of his vice captains for this year’s matches and the two are in regular contact as the event draws closer, but whether he makes the team will be based entirely on his play when he returns, the U.S. captain explained.

“He can't just play one or two weeks and say, ‘I feel good,’” Love said. “We have to see him play and get some results. He will tell you the same thing. . . . I don't think he's quite the personality that wants a pick, you know?”