Recuperating Woods resigned to needing Ryder Cup captain’s pick

Frank Dalleres
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WORLD No1 Tiger Woods admits he is no closer to knowing when he will return from back surgery and that he is likely to need a captain’s pick to play in September’s Ryder Cup.

Woods has not played since March, when he accepted that he needed an operation on a pinched nerve, and having missed last month’s Masters remains a doubt for the three remaining Majors.

“My recovery is a very slow process,” he said. “Some people heal up in three months, some people take four months, some people take longer. I just don’t know. I hope to be back sometime this summer, but I just don’t know when.

“I’d also like to play in the FedExCup Play-offs and the Ryder Cup. But obviously, I’m going to have to play really well to earn points to get into the play-offs and play my way onto to the team or have to rely on a captain’s pick.”

Europe defend the trophy against the United States at Gleneagles on 26-28 September.

Fourteen-time Major winner Woods added that he is yet to practice full swings since surgery, but has been able to chip and putt.