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Tom Watson wants "honest" Tiger Woods decision for Ryder Cup

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United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson expects Tiger Woods to make an "honest" assessment of his fitness ahead of the event at Gleneagles in September.

Woods injured his back during last week's WGC Bridgestone Invitational and missed the cut during this week's US PGA Championship.

The 38-year old hasn't automatically qualified due to an injury ravaged season and is relying on a wildcard spot picked by Watson.

Honest

Watson is confident that the 14 time major winner will think about the team when making his decision and won't declare himself fit unless he really is.

"The answer can only come from Tiger. I am confident he will give us an honest answer," Watson said.

Woods had surgery on his back in March and missed three months of golf but revealed he felt no pain when he returned to the course in June. However he finished 69th at the Open Championship in July, his worst performance in the event as a professional, and produced two three over par 74's at the US PGA Championship at Valhalla meaning he missed the cut for only the fourth time in his career in a major championship.

Conversations

Watson reveals he will speak to Woods ahead of making his three wildcard picks on 3 September and will need to know if he's fit enough to get back to form.

"The biggest question is his health and right next to that it is how is he playing," he said. "Does his back allow him to make the type of swing he needs to get back into form?"

The US PGA was the last tournament that counted towards qualification for the US Ryder Cup side and Woods' disappointing two days leaves him in 70th position, a massive 61 places off a qualifying berth.

Automatic

Bubba Watson finished in first position for the automatic qualification with Rickie Fowler, who is getting used to just missing out on first place, in second.

Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker and Phil Mickelson secured their place with Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed also doing enough to qualify. Zach Johnson secured the final qualification spot as all the other American golfers must wait to see if they secure a wildcard spot.

Fitness

Woods will now be hoping that he can prove his fitness and form to team captain Watson and that he decides he is worthy of one of his three wildcard picks.

Europe will go into the tournament in Perthshire, Scotland, which takes place between 23-28 September, as the defending champions.

Jose Maria Olazabal's team beat the United States 14.5-13.5 at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois in 2012.

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