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Tiger Woods given leeway to decide on Ryder Cup captaincy, says PGA Chief

Tiger Woods will be given the time he needs to decide if he can commit to being Ryder Cup captain next year, according to PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh.

Woods is favourite to captain the United States at Bethpage in 2025 but said on Tuesday that his time-consuming role in negotiating a potential peace deal between golf's warring factions could rule him out.

"Tiger's been pretty clear," Waugh said during the PGA of America's annual press conference ahead of the US PGA at Valhalla.

"I think we all know that he can be pretty focused, and that's one of his many superpowers is that ability to sort of tunnel and decide. And he doesn't do anything that he's not fully committed to, and we totally respect that.

"And he's got a lot on his plate right now. He's very active, obviously, on the (PGA) Tour side of things. We want to give him and the committee space to decide, you know, decide how it plays out.

"Everybody sort of has a timeline for this but we have picked captains later than this. We've picked captains earlier than this.

"(Europe captain) Luke Donald was named a year out a year ago and they had a pretty good performance, for instance. We think there's plenty of time, and putting an artificial date on it is not something we need to do.

"We have continued the conversations. Obviously he's playing in a major and we want to respect that, and we'll re-engage next week or so."

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