SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Tiger Woods might be too far back to win the PGA Championship, but there’s still the possibility Sunday he plays his way onto the American Ryder Cup team.
Woods takes the Ryder Cup decision out of Corey Pavin’s hands with a strong finish.
Woods is 243 points behind Lucas Glover, who holds the eighth spot in the American Ryder Cup standings and missed the cut this week. That translates into Woods being $243,000 behind Glover, but there are double points (so double money) at stake today.
Woods begins the day 10th in the standings. The top eight at the conclusion of play today automatically qualify.
A top-15 finish would vault Woods over Glover but not necessarily into the top eight. Nick Watney and Dustin Johnson, in the final pairing, are outside the top eight but poised to leap inside. If they both do, Woods may have to surpass current No. 6 Anthony Kim to make the team. Woods is 465 points ($465,000) behind Kim, who also missed the cut. Woods needs to finish seventh or better to surpass Kim.
It’s a complicated scenario with Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson and Stewart Cink also within striking distance of moving into the top eight.