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Woods has doubts over Ryder Cup spot

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Posted Aug 09, 2010 by Imagine Golf Club News Desk

Tiger Woods suffered his worst score ever

Tiger Woods continued to struggle for form since his return to the sport earlier this year by shooting his worst professional score ever - a staggering 18-over par! And more surprisingly, this four round championship shocker came on a course where he set a blistering course record a decade ago - 39 shots better off than he was this weekend.

Woods endured this debacle during the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club - Hunter Mahan running out as victor on 12 under by two strokes from Ryan Palmer with Retief Goosen and Bo Van Pelt a further shot back.

Woods was joint 78th out of a field of 80 following his scores of 74, 72, 75 and 77 with only Sweden's Henrik Stenson keeping him from finishing in last place. This course had previously been a happy hunting ground for Woods having won seven out of his last 10 tournaments played there.

Luckily for Woods, he managed to hold onto the World Number One spot following a poor final round for 'lefty' Phil Mickelson - the Masters champion carding a 78 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 46th place.

It has also led the American 14-time major winner to question his place in the Ryder Cup which is due to take place at Celtic Manor in Wales in October. Woods currently sits 10th in the United States Ryder Cup list and will miss out on automatic selection should he not improve considerably at the USPGA Championship in Wisconsin later this week.

Elsewhere, Englishman Lee Westwood has been forced to sit out the USPGA Championship through injury. The Nottingham-born star, who sits top of the European Ryder Cup World list and second in the European Tour Race to Dubai, has a badly swollen calf muscle that he suffered a month ago just before the start of the French Open and it has hampered his performances ever since.

Westwood, who finished a creditable second to Louis Oosthuizen at the Open despite this injury, did have the chance to top the World Rankings but decided to pull out of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to maintain his chances of playing in the Ryder Cup.

Spaniard Sergio Garcia is to take a two-month break from the game after this week's USPGA Championship. Having not won in nearly two-years, he is struggling for form and this may see him miss out on a place in the European Ryder Cup team for the first time in his professional career.

Veteran German Bernhard Langer may earn a shock Ryder Cup call-up after European captain Colin Montgomerie refused to rule out handing him a wild card. The 53-year-old, who has played in 10 Ryder Cups, now competes on the US Seniors Tour and has won both the British and US Seniors' Opens recently.

In the women's game, Taiwan's Yani Tseng held off Katherine Hull to win the Women's Open by one shot despite carding a one-over-par 73 for her final round. Tseng, 21, led the tournament since Thursday evening and held her nerve on the last despite a wayward drive into the sand. She made par after a superb third to within six feet. She takes her tally to three majors and is the youngest ever golfer to win three LPGA majors.

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