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Matt Kuchar Comments on Tiger Woods Potentially Playing in 2016 Ryder Cup

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2016

AKRON, OH - JULY 30:  Tiger Woods (L) and Matt Kuchar walk down the third hole during a practice round for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on July 30, 2014 in Akron, Ohio.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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There is one spot remaining for the United States team at the 2016 Ryder Cup, and according to Matt Kuchar, it could potentially go to Tiger Woods.

"I heard even, possibly, this is hearsay, but I've heard maybe even Tiger Woods could potentially be a pick," Kuchar said after earning a spot on the team Monday, per Alex Myers of Golf Digest. "That would be legen-dary. Legendary."

Woods hasn't played a competitive event in more than a year, last appearing in August 2015 at the Wyndham Championship, where he finished in a tie for 10th.

He has been out of action since then while recovering from two back surgeries.

However, on Sept. 7, the 14-time major champion announced a potential return to action on his personal website, declaring the Safeway Open, which starts Oct. 13, his goal.

"My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do," Woods said. "Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go."

Although Woods hasn't won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, the PGA Tour's official website noted he is still the leader in total wins since that year:

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Most wins since 2008: Tiger Woods (18) 🏆 Dustin Johnson (12) Rory McIlroy (12) Jason Day (10) Phil Mickelson (10) https://t.co/MTaetZeyGB

It would be bold for the team to trust the 40-year-old coming off an extended layoff, but he is one of the best golfers of all time.

Woods is a vice captain for the Ryder Cup team alongside captain Davis Love III. Love named Kuchar as one of three wild-card picks Monday, along with Rickie Fowler and J.B. Holmes, according to Steve DiMeglio of USA Today.

Love will announce the fourth and final captain's selection Sept. 25, just a few days before the Sept. 30 start of the tournament.

Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson are among the players who automatically qualified through their play in 2015-16.

Bubba Watson is an option for the final spot, along with Jim Furyk, Kevin Kisner and others. The United States has lost to Europe in each of the last three Ryder Cups and six of the last seven.

              

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