SOUTHPORT, England — Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson says that Tiger Woods will be on the U.S. team if he’s healthy and playing well.
Woods is at No. 209 in the FedEx Cup and needs to get to No. 125 to qualify for the playoffs. His next three tournaments – the British Open, Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship – ultimately will decide if he’s in Gleneagles for the Ryder Cup in September.
“He’ll be considered less of a pick then if he didn’t have a track record going into the Ryder Cup,” Watson said last week. “He’d be the first to tell you, ‘I haven’t been playing.’ How he’s been playing and if he’s healthy, those are the two factors that I’ll weigh in choosing him. That’s just common sense, in my opinion.”
SITTING OUT: Steve Stricker has withdrawn from the British Open next week at Royal Liverpool. It’s the second consecutive year he has decided not to play. He was replaced by Ryo Ishikawa.
PRIZE MONEY: The British Open will have the largest purse in major championship history, a record that will last for all of three weeks.
The Open has increased its prize fund to 5.4 million pounds, which is about $9.24 million and nearly $250,000 higher than the U.S. Open and Masters Tournament this year ($9 million each). That will be topped at the PGA Championship, which this year features a $10 million purse.
STRAND’S BREAK: The Grand Strand has gotten a Big Break.
The Golf Channel’s series latest chapter was filmed at several courses in Myrtle Beach in June.
The show will premiere Oct. 7.