Love hopeful over Woods

McIlroy can’t understand ‘why Koepka doesn’t do it more often’

The 14-time major winner is currently on an indefinite break from golf as he??tries to get his game “tournament ready” following a poor start to the 2015??season.

Woods missed the cut in his season opener at the Waste Management Phoenix Open??after firing a career-worst 82 in the second round, and he then withdrew after 11??holes of the Farmers Insurance Open in February due to back pain.

He is targeting a return in time for the Masters at Augusta next month, an event that will give him the chance to add points to his Ryder Cup tally, as all of this year’s World Golf Championship events and majors will count.

Next season, points will be available at all Tour events until the Barclays at??the end of August and Love has already been in touch with the former world No 1??about his ambitions.

“He’s expecting to make the team,” Love told BBC Radio Five Live. “He and I??keep in touch a lot more than we have. He still has a good attitude and is??working hard.

“I spoke to a few people who tell me he’s working very hard and is??eager to get back. I suppose he has a plan for the Masters – we’re hoping to see??him back soon.

“Right now, it’s the Ryder Cup we’re talking about – we have guys trying to??make the Presidents Cup team and he is anxious about getting back to playing so??he can get some points for that, then he can think about Ryder Cup.

“But I wouldn’t count him out just yet.”