Ryder Cup captain Pavin sees strong Woods return


LONDON (AP) — U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin says Tiger Woods will be as strong a player as ever when he comes back from his marital turmoil and self-imposed break from golf.

During a visit to London on Friday, Pavin said Woods is a “very strong-minded individual” and won’t “play any differently” when he returns. Pavin noted Woods has come back from injuries and setbacks and has “done fine.”

The Ryder Cup is next Oct. 1-3 at Celtic Manor in Wales. If Woods isn’t back to help the Americans defend the title, Pavin says it would weaken the U.S. team but won’t mean the Americans can’t win.