8/21/2018 8:18:45 PM

Woods eyes Ryder Cup claim at Northern Trust

Woods eyes Ryder Cup claim at Northern Trust

Paramus, USA: Tiger Woods is aiming to cement his claim to a place in the USA's Ryder Cup team as he prepares for this week's Northern Trust Open in New Jersey.

The former world number one said Tuesday securing a place in Jim Furyk's Ryder Cup squad had been one of his goals at the start of his comeback season after nearly two years out with injury.

Woods heads into this week's opening leg of the lucrative FedEx Cup Play-Off Series after a thrilling diplay at the PGA Championship, where he came up just short to finish second.

Woods is ranked 11th on the USA Ryder Cup points table but must wait until September 5 to learn whether he has earned one of captain Furyk's wildcard selections.

Either way, Woods is assured to travel to France as one of Furyk's vice-captains.

The 14-time major winner however is determined to travel as a player.

"I want to be picked and I want to be part of the team," said Woods on Tuesday. 

"The interesting role here is that I'm a vice captain, so we're talking about myself in the third person a lot. So, that's one of the more interesting conversations we were having. 

"We were having a lot of fun with it but yeah I'm one of the guys on the short list and sometimes I've got to pull myself out of there and talk about myself in the third person, which is a little odd."

Asked by an AFP reporter if he dreamed of playing on the USA team he replied: "Yes, I do." 

"I started at the very beginning of the year, I told Jim I wanted to be a part of the team, not just as a vice captain but as a player. I'm very close to making that happen.  

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