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Woods says he would pick himself for Ryder Cup team

  • Tiger Woods of the US plays out of the rough on the 12th hole during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Tiger Woods of the US plays out of the rough on the 12th hole during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Tiger Woods of the US plays a shot off the 16th tee during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Tiger Woods of the US plays a shot off the 16th tee during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Tiger Woods of the US walks after playing his shot off the 17th tee during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Tiger Woods of the US walks after playing his shot off the 17th tee during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Tiger Woods of the US plays a shot off the 17th tee during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Tiger Woods of the US plays a shot off the 17th tee during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Tiger Woods of the US holds up his ball after putting out on the 13th green during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Tiger Woods of the US holds up his ball after putting out on the 13th green during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Tiger Woods of the US plays out of the rough on the 12th hole during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
  • Tiger Woods of the US plays a shot off the 16th tee during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
  • Tiger Woods of the US walks after playing his shot off the 17th tee during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
  • Tiger Woods of the US plays a shot off the 17th tee during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
  • Tiger Woods of the US holds up his ball after putting out on the 13th green during the final round of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Sunday July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Even after his worst 72-hole finish in a major, Tiger Woods said he would pick himself for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

In his second tournament since March 31 back surgery, Woods closed with a 3-over 75 in the British Open. That put him at 6-over 294 and was better than only two players who had finished. Previously, his worst finish was a tie for 40th in the 2013 PGA Championship and the 2012 Masters.

“I just made too many mistakes,” Woods said.

Woods has only two tournaments left to impress Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson. He is No. 72 in the standings, and aside from winning the final major of the year, his best bet is to be one of Watson’s three picks.

Asked if he would be inclined to pick him if were in Watson’s position, Woods said with a smile, “I would say yes.

“But that’s my position, my take on it,” Woods said. “He’s the captain. Obviously, it’s his decision. He’s going to field the best 12 players that he thinks will win the cup back. And I hope I’m on that team.”

Woods is unlikely to make the FedEx Cup playoffs unless he picked up top-3 finishes at Firestone and the PGA Championship, and that means Watson would have to judge him on those tournaments unless Woods were to play elsewhere. Europe isn’t appealing, with events in Denmark, the Czech Republic and Italy.

“It would make it tougher for me to pick him if he’s not playing,” Watson said.

Watson is more inclined to see more from Woods before a rush to judgment. Woods has played only six rounds since back surgery to alleviate a pinched nerve that forced him to miss three months, including two majors.

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