Tiger Woods has actually just saved Tom Watson a massive headache.
For a variety of reasons, ranging from a bad back to a crooked driver, Tiger Woods didn't automatically qualify for Tom Watson's 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team. He finished 70th in the standings after the PGA Championship, and before Tiger's most recent announcement that he was withdrawing himself from consideration, Watson was continually answering questions about whether he'll choose the 14-time major champ with one of his three captain's picks.
So, would Watson have taken Tiger? It's tough to tell, because it was clearly a decision he grappled with. At times he seemed bullish on Tiger's chances, and on others it looked like Tiger had no chance at all. Just look at the variety of statements Watson had made on Tiger over the year:
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