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Watson doesn't rule Woods out of team

Tiger Woods missed the fourth major cut of his professional career at last week's PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods. Picture: Official Open Championship Facebook Page.

LOUISVILLE - United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson has not yet ruled an ailing Tiger Woods out of his team to take on holders Europe in Gleneagles, Scotland from 26-28 September.

Though Woods missed the fourth major cut of his professional career at last week's PGA Championship after playing a limited schedule this year following back surgery, Watson is still considering him as a possible wildcard pick.

"The most important thing is his health," Watson told reporters at Valhalla Golf Club on Monday, a day after the automatic top-nine selections in his team had been inked in for Gleneagles.

"I've said it consistently all the way through the issue with Tiger after his injury. If he's healthy and is playing well, I'll pick him. Right now, his health is not good.

"He is Tiger Woods and he brings a lot to the team, if he has the ability to play and he's healthy. He brings a lot to the team. And I'd be a fool not to consider him."

Woods had only pronounced himself fit to compete at Valhalla Golf Club on the eve of the tournament, having suffered a back scare three days earlier, and looked rusty and out-of-sorts in both rounds.

The 14-time major winner has given no indication as to when he will next compete, and many pundits believe he will probably shut down his playing commitments for the rest of the year.

"I just need to get stronger first," said Woods, who had a procedure to treat a pinched nerve in his back on 31 March. "We'll see from there."

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