IRVING, Texas - Tiger Woods is not guaranteed a spot on the US Ryder Cup team and will have to play his way into the team like everyone else, skipper Corey Pavin said.
Woods, who took five months out of the game after his private life unravelled at the end of last year and has suffered neck problems since his return, is 11th in the US Ryder Cup points race.
Only eight players will automatically qualify for the American team's showdown with Europe in October in Wales, while Pavin will have four other picks.
"I'm not going to treat Tiger any differently to any other player," Pavin said after the final round of the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday.
"He's certainly not going to be an automatic pick. He's just going to be treated like everyone else.
"I'd love to have him on the team but I want him to be playing well," added Pavin, who said he had not spoken to Woods this year.
Woods has played only three tournaments since returning to golf from his self-imposed exile and just two weeks ago pulled out of the Players Championship during the final round, citing a neck injury. - Reuters