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Watson does not rule out role for Tiger

GOLF: United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson has not yet ruled an ailing Tiger Woods out of his team to take on holders Europe in Gleneagles, Scotland from September 26-28.

Though Woods missed the fourth major cut of his professional career at the PGA Championship after playing a limited schedule this year following back surgery, Watson is still considering him as a possible wildcard pick.

"The most important thing is his health," said Watson at Valhalla Golf Club yesterday, a day after the automatic top-nine selections in his team had been inked in for Gleneagles.

"I've said it consistently all the way through the issue with Tiger after his injury. If he's healthy and is playing well, I'll pick him. Right now, his health is not good.

"He is Tiger Woods and he brings a lot to the team, if he has the ability to play and he's healthy. He brings a lot to the team. And I'd be a fool not to consider him."

Woods had only pronounced himself fit to compete at Valhalla Golf Club on the eve of the tournament, having suffered a back scare three days earlier, but looked rusty and out-of-sorts in both rounds.

The 14-times major winner has given no indication as to when he will next compete, and many pundits believe he will probably shut down his playing commitments for the rest of the year.

"I just need to get stronger first," said Woods. "We'll see from there."

The automatic nine qualifiers for Watson's 2014 team after the PGA Championship were Masters champion Bubba 
Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson.

Tour triumph for Rad'

TENNIS: World No 5 Agnieszka Radwanska won her first WTA Tour title of the season with victory over Venus Williams in the Rogers Cup final.

The Pole, a semi-finalist in the event in both 2011 and 2013 in Toronto, swept home in straight sets in Montreal to clinch her first win since last September.

"Venus, I just want to say great match - not just today, but it was a whole week of great tennis," said Radwanska.

"And I had a really amazing week this week too. I've been playing here for years, a couple of times I made the semi-finals and I kept trying and trying, and now I've finally done it."


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