4 Sep 2008

Azinger to get help from Tiger

6:04 am on 4 September 2008

US golf captain Paul Azinger says he plans to keep in touch with injured world number one Tiger Woods during his side's Ryder Cup campaign this month.

Woods will miss the tournament because of a knee injury but Azinger says he's going to have an open phone line to him during the event.

Azinger says Woods is really intelligent and he's a great golf mind, so he's looking forward to talking to him.

Azinger will attempt to halt the US team's three-match losing streak when the matches take place in Valhalla, Kentucky in 2 weeks.

But he will have to do it without Woods, who had reconstructive knee surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament after winning a dramatic US Open in June.

Azinger has described Woods's absence from the team as a "tremendous blow", despite the fact that the 14-time major winner has not been a strong influence for the US in the Ryder Cup - winning 11 points from 25 matches.

Azinger believes they are underdogs for the events.