Woods among Ryder Cup vice-captains, wants to be playing assistant


Tiger Woods has been named as one of the vice-captains for the 2016 United States Ryder Cup team.

Woods, who has undergone two back surgeries and has no timetable for his return to the golf course, was selected alongside Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker by captain Davis Love III.

The trio join the already-announced Tom Lehman among Love's vice-captains, with a fifth to be named at a later date.

The question now is whether Woods' role will be strictly ceremonial, with Love telling the PGA Tour's official website: "Tiger wants to be a playing assistant.

"That's his goal. He wants to make the team, but he wants to be involved in any way."

Woods added: "I'd like to thank Davis for his confidence in me and for my selection as a Ryder Cup vice captain. This is something I want to do.

"I will continue to do whatever I can to help win the Cup back.

"Once I'm fully healthy, I'd like to try to make the team too, but either way, I'm very excited to work with Davis, the other vice-captains and the players to get a US victory."

Furyk will likely be trying to make the team as a player, too, considering he's still ranked ninth in the world. Stricker, who is semi-retired from golf, is close friends with Woods and Love.

The 2016 Ryder Cup will take place at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnestoa, from September 30 to October 2.