Tiger must earn Ryder place – Pavin

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Tiger Woods can not expect to automatically be one of the captain’s picks for this year’s Ryder Cup if he does not qualify.

Tiger Woods should not expect to automatically be one of the captain’s picks for this year’s Ryder Cup if he does not qualify.

Like everyone else he will have to earn his place in the team, US Ryder Cup team captain Corey Pavin has told Reuters.

“I’m not going to treat Tiger any different than any other player,” Pavin said. “He’s certainly not going to be an automatic pick.”

After finishing sixth at the Masters in April in his first appearance since a media scandal in November forced him to undergo rehab for sex addiction, he subsequently struggled in his next two tournaments, missing the cut in the first at Quail Hollow and then pulling out of the second one, The Players Championship, with a neck injury.,

He has subsequently announced that he would be taking another break to recover from his neck injury and get his swing back on track, but until he starts playing again, he can hardly be seen as Ryder Cup material, regardless of the fact that he is still ranked as the World’s No 1 golfer.

“I’d love to have him on the team, but I want him to be playing well,” Pavin said.

Competitive as he is, Woods will almost certainly want the same thing, and is unlikely to be seeking any special favors.

The 2010 Ryder Cup is set to be played at Celtic Manor’s new 2010 Course in Wales from October 1 to 3.

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