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Pavin denies Tiger Woods is guaranteed Ryder Cup spot

Corey Pavin (left) and Tiger Woods (right)
The row over Woods (right) is embarrassing for Pavin (left)

American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin has denied saying Tiger Woods would be a certain wild card pick for his team.

Pavin was reported as saying that Woods was a definite choice despite his poor form but angrily rejected those claims, which were made by the Golf Channel.

"Nobody's promised any picks right now, it'd be disrespectful to everybody trying to make the team," said Pavin.

After making his feelings known to the media, Pavin ended up rowing with Jim Gray, the reporter behind the story.

The confrontation was witnessed by Pavin's wife, who claims Gray told her husband he was "a liar" and "you're going down."

Gray denied he had misquoted Pavin and said he stood "100%" behind his story.

Gray also received backing from his employers, who released a statement to that effect.

It added: "As far as any subsequent conversation between Gray and Pavin, it was meant to be private and should remain as such."

He asked me a few questions and his interpretation of what I said is incorrect

Corey Pavin

Pavin told the media that he had spoken with Gray outside the locker room at Whistling Straits, the venue for this week's USPGA Championship, on Tuesday.

"He asked me a few questions and his interpretation of what I said is incorrect," said Pavin.

Pavin reveals his picks for October's match at Celtic Manor in Wales on 7 September, with only one qualifying event left for the US stars.

Woods has been in very patchy form and cast doubts about his participation in the biennial event after finishing 18 over at the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.

The world number one currently lies outside the eight automatic qualifying spots but said he would accept a wild card pick if offered one.

Woods has struggled with his game since returning from a break to deal with allegations about his private life, culminating in the worst score of his professional career in Ohio last weekend.

He was 78th out of a field of 80 after carding a final round of 77.

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Woods missed the 2008 Ryder Cup victory at Valhalla following knee surgery and has only been part of a winning US side once, in 1999 in Boston.

But the 14-time major winner remains upbeat about his game during such a turbulent time in his career.

"To be honest, I thought I would have been here [playing poorly] a little bit sooner with all that is going on," he said.

"Somehow I've been able to play a little bit better than I thought for a stretch and then it finally caught up with me last week."

Woods, who has also sought help from Justin Rose's coach Sean Foley as he looks to turn his game around, added: "I'm heading in the right direction, so I'm pretty excited about that."



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