This was after Woods had gone close to victory earlier in the year at the Valspar Championship, he then lead late on Sunday at The Open and he went within one place of capturing this year’s PGA Championship before finishing second and his best finish in a Major in a decade.
So, just when was Woods informed he would be travelling to France not as a USA vice-captain but as a playing member of Jim Furyk’s 12-man team.
“Probably for — I played well at the PGA, so we are hinting at — sorry. The vice captains and the captain were hinting at picking him (laughter) as a player, so as a vice captain, I put my hat in for that player (laughter),” he said.
“But yeah, so, you know, it’s one of those things where it evolved the last couple weeks.”
It led to Woods, who will be contesting an eighth Ryder Cup but a first since 2012.
And given it was only August 31st last year that Woods began chipping balls following a fourth back surgery, the fact he will be teeing-up in Versailles he agrees could make it one of the most memorable of all the Ryder Cup’s he has contested.
“Absolutely. To have an opportunity to go to Europe and to have an opportunity to win a Ryder Cup, and we haven’t done it in 25 years over there, and to be part of this group of guys to have that opportunity to go there, it’s exciting, it really is,” he said.
Woods tees-up in this week’s BMW Championship, and in the third of three ‘Play-Off’ series events, lying 26th on the money list.