Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woods Piling Up Ryder Cup Points

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woods Piling Up Ryder Cup Points

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The book on Tiger Woods is that he'd play well

in The Masters because of his length off the tee and putting

prowess, and in the Ryder Cup, because of his glittering

match-play record in winning three U.S. Amateur titles.

Woods accomplished one-half of that scouting report yesterday

by winning The Masters. And United States Ryder Cup captain Tom

Kite said Woods will have the chance for the other by naming

him, with tongue firmly in cheek, as a captain's choice for the

1997 Ryder Cup in Valderrama, Spain.

Of course Kite won't need to waste one of his two captain's

picks on Woods, because the 300 Ryder Cup points Woods earned by

winning The Masters vaulted him to the top of the U.S. points

list with 800 -- all in just 18 events, 15 as a pro. Every other

player in the top 10 on the points list has needed to play at

least 29 events to get their points.

"I think he's got a chance to make the team," Kite said with

sarcasm yesterday after he shot 70 to finish second to Woods in

The Masters by 12 shots. "If by some chance 800 points doesn't

get him in. I'll pick him."

Woods was appreciative.

"To make the Ryder Cup is special, because I only played the

end of last season and I didn't have a lot of time to accumulate

points," Woods said. "It's going to be special because I get to

represent my country. I think that's what it's all about."

SHUTTER BUGS -- Tiger Woods often complains about photographers

quick on the trigger, and he felt compelled to mention the

problem again yesterday.

Woods hooked his tee shot at the par-4 18th hole into a

spectator area close to the ninth fairway because, he said, a

nearby photographer pressed the shutter on his motor-driver

camera once when Woods started his backswing and twice on the

downswing. …

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