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Tiger Woods, Ryder Cup decision expected today

A U.S. Ryder Cup team without the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, who, it happens, is an American?

Nah. Probably won't happen.

When Corey Pavin reveals his captain's picks for the team this morning, Tiger Woods is likely to be on the list. He's had what can fairly be described as an erratic year, on and off the golf course, but he finished in a tie for fourth in The Masters and the U.S. Open and is, well, TV ratings gold.

Woods finished in a tie for 11th in the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday and was asked to handicap his chances of being on the U.S. team and whether he'd ring up Pavin.

"I think he has my number. No, I'll talk to him this afternoon, give him a call," Woods said.

Woods confirmed that the nature of the call had something to do with the 10:30 announcement today. "That's what I'm going to call him about."

And it isn't as if Woods isn't interested in being on the team. That'll make Pavin's deliberations simpler.

"It would be nice to be on the team," he said. "I enjoy playing in the Ryder Cup and going out there against those guys with my teammates and see if we can get it done."

Even if you've said that Woods isn't a lock for a berth, whom do you pick in his place?

Eight players are automatically on the team: Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk (get a better alarm clock!), Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Jeff Overton and Matt Kuchar. Pavin will get four captain's picks and Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson are also considered to be strong contenders.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 7, 2010; 7:29 AM ET
Categories:  Tiger Woods  
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Woods, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and J.B. Holmes will be the picks. Outside chance for Rickie Fowler or Charley Hoffman to replace Johnson & Holmes.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 7, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Tiger can't be counted on to play well for any length of time. Let someone else take a shot.

Posted by: dcborn61 | September 7, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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