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By John Holmes, PGA.com

If you were the captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, would you pick Tiger Woods? Jack Nicklaus certainly would.

During a wide-ranging press conference on July 24, the Golden Bear was asked flat-out if he could see Woods being on the U.S. team at Gleneagles in September.

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"If I was a captain ... I don't care what he does between now and then. If Tiger wants to play, I would certainly choose him," Nicklaus said.

"My guess is that [Captain] Tom [Watson] feels pretty much the same way," he added. "Tom would certainly like to have Tiger on his team and I think anybody in their right mind, unless he just doesn't want to play or doesn't think he could play," would choose him.

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Nicklaus caught some of the Open Championship on TV, and thought Woods' swing looked pretty good. "Obviously the results weren't what he wanted," Nicklaus said. "I suspect that he'll be back and do just fine."

Currently, Woods is far down the Ryder Cup points list, having missed much of the 2014 season as he recovers from back surgery. He is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational next week in Ohio and the PGA Championship at Valhalla in Kentucky the week of Aug. 4. He needs top-3 finishes in both events to earn one of the nine automatic berths or would have to receive one of Watson's three captain's picks to be on the team.

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