Tiger Woods won't return to competition until sometime in 2016, leaving him at a deep disadvantage in terms of making next year's Ryder Cup team. If he's unable to return with any kind of form and make the team on points, then it's unlikely American captain Davis Love III will select Woods to make the 12-player, Hazeltine-bound squad.
Though Woods may not be a playing member of the 2016 team, Love told Sky Sports that the 14-time major champion is willing to serve as a vice-captain.
"Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, they have all said 'We will do whatever it takes to help you,' and we have them on the list (of potential vice-captains)," Love said. "They are obviously guys that could be future captains, guys that we want around the team. We are hoping that all four of them are playing, we need their veteran leadership, but, if not, they have said 'Look, I will do whatever it takes.'"
Despite the offer, Love believes Woods will find a way to get on the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the first time since 2012.
"I think Tiger, if he is healthy for the whole year, will be fine," Love said. "If he is in and out, does not get to play a whole lot of tournaments, it will be tough for him to make the team."