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McGinley hopes to see Woods at Gleneagles

ESPN staff
April 2, 2014
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Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley believes the tournament will not be the same without Tiger Woods.

World No.1 Woods has been forced to pull out of next week's Masters after undergoing back surgery and will be out of action for "several weeks".

Legends' well-wishes for Woods

  • Jack Nicklaus, the only man with more major championship victories than Woods, is hoping to see the world No.1 back in action soon.
  • "I am sorry to hear that Tiger will miss the Masters," he wrote on his website. "I know Tiger has been working very hard to return to form, and as I have said many times, Tiger has a lot of years of good golf ahead of him.
  • "I hate to see him robbed of some of that time by injury. But we all know he is doing what is in the best interests of his health and future. I wish him well on a speedy recovery."
  • Meanwhile, three-time Masters champion Gary Player took to Twitter, where he wrote: "My best wishes Tiger Woods for a full and quick recovery to your back surgery. We will miss you in Augusta at The Masters."

But McGinley admits he would like to see Woods at Gleneagles as part of the American team - even if it makes them stronger.

"Tiger's good for golf, so the sooner he gets back playing, the better," McGinley told Sky Sports.

"Of course I'd like him to play at Gleneagles, and it will be a better Ryder Cup with him there. Tiger's one of the world's greatest players and the Ryder Cup is golf's greatest event.

"Right now, I can only wish him the best of luck. Having had eight surgeries myself, I understand what he must be going through, though the back obviously is a more complex area than the knee."

Woods is currently in 44th position on the US team points table - but if the 38-year-old does not qualify automatically, he is almost assured one of captain Tom Watson's three wildcard picks.

"I just hope he's healthy enough to be able to play," Watson said.

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