Woods open to captaincy role

Woods open to captaincy role

Tiger Woods says he would "love" to be US Ryder Cup captain in the future but admits he is concentrating on his playing career for now.

The 40-year-old has missed over a year of action due to a back injury and was therefore not eligible to play in this year's Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine.

However, he did accept the offer to be a vice-captain from skipper Davis Love III and had an important role in their success, with Love declaring him as the team's "tactician" in the build-up to the 17-11 victory.

Having impressed Love, the US Ryder Cup selection committee, on which Woods sits along with Phil Mickelson, Love and three members of the PGA of America executive, could be tempted to turn to the 14-time major winner for the defence of the trophy in Paris in 2018.

Woods admits the captaincy job is one he would really like to do at some point but believes he can still qualify for the 12-man playing squad in the future, as he prepares to make his return to competitive action at next week's Safeway Open.

“Seeing what our captain went through, that’s hard,” Woods said. “Yeah, I would love to do it. I would be honoured to do it in the future, if asked.”

Woods added it was an informative experiencing working as a vice-captain at Hazeltine and says he learned plenty about the Ryder Cup, despite having played in seven previous editions of the competition.

"There’s a lot of things that I didn’t realise that went on, and very eye-opening,” said Woods. “I learned a lot and I became really close to a lot of these guys and it’s been just an honour to be part of it.”