Tiger Woods is a Ryder Cup lock if healthy, says Watson

Tiger Woods is a Ryder Cup lock if healthy, says Watson

If Tiger Woods' back is healthy enough to compete in the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland this fall, captain Tom Watson will give him the opportunity to put the American side on it.

Watson said Tuesday at Augusta National he'd use one of his three captain's picks on Woods if the 14-time major winner feels well enough to play at Gleneagles.

"Why wouldn't you want Tiger Woods on your team?" Watson said after a practice round, according to ESPN.com. "He's had a pretty good match play record in his life. Maybe not the best in the Ryder Cup, but winning three national juniors (U.S. Junior) and three national amateurs (U.S. Amateur) in a row. ... He's done pretty well at match play."

Watson made similar remarks in an interview with NBCSports.com last week.

Woods is a pedestrian 13-17-3 in seven Ryder Cup appearances and is currently 45th in points standings, slipping further away from the top nine, which automatically qualify for the team. Of the current top nine, Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed and Harris English have no Ryder Cup experience whatsoever.