Tiger Woods has Ryder Cup in his sights

AFP| Updated: Jan 29, 2014, 19:44 PM IST

Dubai: Tiger Woods says he is keen to make the US team which will challenge to break Europe`s recent domination of the Ryder Cup when it returns to Scotland after a 41-year gap at Gleneagles in late September.

Woods was part of the team that was overhauled by Jose Maria Olazabal`s men on the final day singles at Medinah in 2012 and that brought his record in the biennial team event to having played it six times and been on the winning side only once, in 1999.

"You know we are looking forward to it," he replied when asked how he felt about playing in the Ryder Cup in Scotland.

"I don`t think I`m even on the team right now points-wise. I`ve got to get myself there first."

Currently Woods stands outside the top 20 in the standings to make the 2014 US Ryder Cup side, but has the bulk of the new season to make up ground and then captain Tom Watson has three wildcard picks at his disposal after that.

"It will be fun to play in Scotland," he said.

"We`ve played at the Belfry (England), it seems like forever, moved around to Spain and Wales. But we haven`t been to Scotland in a very long time.

"So it`s going to be nice to go there and play at Gleneagles and have Tom (Watson) as our captain."

Woods said he was hopeful that the Americans could have the kind of mix of ages that they enjoyed under captain Freddie Couples in winning the Presidents Cup for the fifth time in a row last October.

"We had a great mix of older guys, middle-aged guys and some new blood in Jordan (Spieth) being only I think 20 at the time. Or was he 19 at the time. He was still so young."

The Ryder Cup will take place at Gleneagles in eastern Scotland from September 26-28 with Europe out to triumph for the sixth time in seven editions.