Davis Love III told reporters he and Woods were discussing him playing on the 2022 Presidents Cup team before he got into the horrific car crash in Los Angeles that left him with a devastating leg injury. He said once Woods is ready, he can have whatever role he desires.
“Tiger, I think we pushed – it would have been a great captaincy for Tiger to continue on. At the time we were discussing it, he said, ‘No, I’m playing really good, I’m gonna make the team, and I enjoyed Australia being playing captain, but I want to be a player on the team.’ So his role is whatever his role wants to be. If Tiger calls me up and says, ‘Hey, you’re kicked out, I’m taking over,’ that’s Tiger’s role. If he wants to be an assistant, you know. I would hope that he comes back and starts playing and can make that a goal, to be on the team,” Love said, via Golf Channel.
“He was a big part of our Ryder Cup. It took us a while to get him to the point where he would engage. Obviously, he had a rough start to the year, but once we got him in the loop, he was a big help and a lot of fun for the Ryder Cup and for the team. Obviously, the guys were going to see him down there in South Florida all summer, but leading up to the Ryder Cup, obviously, he had a watch party at his house. He can do whatever and I know he’ll be a big part of it.”
Love appreciated Woods’ insights and the analysis he can bring.
The Presidents Cup is set for September 2022 in Charlotte.
It’s unclear when Woods will be able to play again. He was recently spotted in Los Angeles walking around with a limp.
Justin Thomas revealed last week that Woods was “going to try” a comeback.
“I mean, I know that he’s going to try. I just, I don’t see him ever playing if he can’t play well. He doesn’t strike me as a guy that’s like, he’s played at home and he’s shooting a bunch of 75s and 76s and he’s like ‘Alright, I’m gonna give [the Masters] a try this year.’ Like that’s not really gonna be him, at least to my understanding, or from what I know of him,” Thomas said on the “No Laying Up” podcast.
“I think he knows that there’s a pretty good chance that that was the last chance he really ever had, before that, of making another run, but at the same time, I know how determined he is and I know he’s going to want to at least try to give something again.”
Thomas said, ultimately, Woods wants to be the best dad he could be to Charlie, 12, and Sam, 14.