Woods calls Love to volunteer as Ryder Cup assistant

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It appears Tiger Woods is willing to help out the U.S. in future team events any way he can, even if he's not out there hitting the shots himself.

According to Golf Digest, during the fourball session on Day 2 of the Presidents Cup in which Jay Haas' U.S. squad was watching the Internationals mount a comeback that would eventually fall just short, Woods called up assistant captain Fred Couples, and eventually asked to speak to the other assistant Davis Love III, who will be in charge when the Americans take on the Europeans at next year's Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.

Tiger made it clear that he wanted to be part of the team, even if it is in the role of assistant captain.

"He [Woods] was watching at home and he just had to call," Love said. "He was talking about all the things he thought we needed to do, and he had a lot of ideas. We're already doing a lot of planning for next year, and it's great. It's part of the whole process that started after Gleneagles. Everybody is thinking about it, which is great."

It is a very real possibility Woods won't qualify for the Ryder Cup team and could be passed over as a captain's pick. The current 311th-ranked player in the world recently underwent another back operation and has said he will be out until early 2016.

Love has already named Tom Lehman as one of his assistants, but it sounds like Tiger will be in the running for one of the other spots.

"We've already been doing a lot of planning," Love added. "And Tiger is just as interested as the rest of us to get going."