Tiger Woods said today from the PGA Championship that he would accept an invitation to be one of Corey Pavin's four captain's picks for this year's Ryder Cup, but repeated his intention of playing his way onto the US team.
"Yes," was Woods's quick response after being asked at his pretournament press conference if he'd be a captain's pick. He said he has not discussed the issue with Pavin, who had mentioned weeks ago that he planned on meeting with the world's top-ranked player at the PGA Championship to gauge his interest.
If Woods is to play his way onto the team, he'll need a big week. Woods is 10th in the current standings; only the top eight after the PGA Championship earn automatic spots.
Woods also admitted today that his poor play this year has affected his confidence.
"I've been through tough periods before. Is the confidence not where it needs to be? Sure, we've all been there," Woods said.
He's coming off the worst 72-hole score as a professional, and has only two finishes higher than 19th this year. Those came in the Masters and US Open, when he tied for fourth. Perhaps the year's final major can give him the desired result; twice before (1999, 2007) Woods has won the PGA after not claiming any of the first three majors.