Na drops a clanger – Woods to be 2022 USA Ryder Cup Captain

Bernie McGuire
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Tiger Woods miles with a tuft of grass on his head placed there by Justin Thomas during a practice session ahead of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National (Photo by Eric FEFERBERG / AFP)

Many close observers believe that Tiger Woods will be appointed the USA Captain for the 2022 Ryder Cup in Rome, with American Kevin Na letting slip suggestions Woods appointment will be rubber-stamped by the PGA of America.

Na, 36 dropped a huge hint in an interview with SKY Sports ahead of the Korean/American’s defence starting June 11th of the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth.

“My goal is to make the Ryder Cup team this year, and I know the following Ryder Cup is in Italy and the captain I believe is Tiger Woods, so that’s another thing that I’m looking forward to,” said Na.

The four-time PGA Tour winner could have stopped there given Woods led the States to a stunning ‘come-from-behind’ victory at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia.

No, Na was asked to elaborate if that speculation was correct.

“I heard rumours! Am I starting a rumour? That’s what I heard,” Na said laughing.

“Am I not supposed to say anything? I don’t know, I’ve heard rumours! I won’t tell you who I heard them from, but it wasn’t from him. It was from one of his friends!”

Na is a good friend to Woods as was very evident last year on day three of the Players Championship when Na hit his approach shot to just three-feet and the famed island-green par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass.

Woods then teed-off to get even closer to the pin than Na.

And when Na rolled his putt slowly towards the hole, he was so confident about the line it was on that he reached down to grab it, nearly picking up the ball before it fell to the bottom of the cup.

Woods, clearly entertained, grinned, then cracked up into laughter. Then he tried to mimic Na’s effort with his own putt, holing the birdie try and grabbing it as quickly as possible.

While Na may have trouble keeping a secret, he made no secret of his desire to qualify automatically for Steve Stricker’s USA Team later this year at Whistling Straits.

The 2020 Ryder Cup is still scheduled for Sept. 25-17, but there have been discussions to possibly push it back a year or to host it without spectators.

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