Love pinning hopes on Tiger

Davis Love is eager for Tiger Woods to get back into form as he is part of his Ryder Cup plans for 2016.

Love, the US Ryder Cup captain for the Hazeltine event next year, wants the former world number one to be firing on all cylinders when he needs him.

“I’ve spent a lot of time talking to Tiger over the last six months – more so than ever before – and I’ve been pulling for him to get back playing,” revealed the 51-year-old on

“I want him on the Presidents Cup team this year and the Ryder Cup team next year. If he can start driving it and putting it a little better, he’s right back in it. I’m hoping he’ll play a lot this summer. I know he’s focused on the majors, but those four tournaments are just so hard to pop in and play.”

Woods made a long awaited return to golf after being forced off the course due to injury earlier in the year. While many expected him to flop at the Masters, the four time winner showed glimpses of his old self – carding a 69 and 68 on Friday and Saturday – battling to five under, enough for a tied for 17th finish.

“He played a lot of good golf at the Masters and I watched a lot of it,” added Love.

“I really enjoy watching Tiger and Phil [Mickelson] and I’m always pulling for both of them. Jordan [Spieth] was the story last week, but I thought Tiger made a pretty good statement with those two middle rounds. I would say he exceeded expectations.”

However, after Augusta, the 14-time Major winner revealed he would be taking another break from competition to work on his game. Woods did not indicate when he would return.