Golf: Tiger Woods open to Ryder Cup talks with fierce critic Watson

World No. 1 Tiger Woods (above) will welcome any move to sit down with USA Ryder Cup captain, Tom Watson and "clear the air" before next year's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
World No. 1 Tiger Woods (above) will welcome any move to sit down with USA Ryder Cup captain, Tom Watson and "clear the air" before next year's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BELEK (AFP) - World No. 1 Tiger Woods will welcome any move to sit down with USA Ryder Cup captain, Tom Watson and "clear the air" before next year's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland.

Watson was extremely critical of Woods in the months following revelations in late 2009 of Woods' many extra-marital affairs.

And at the recent "One Year to Go" celebrations in Scotland ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup, Watson again indicated: "I have not talked with Tiger privately and I will have to sit down and have a conversation with him."

Woods was questioned on the subject on Wednesday as guest of honour at a packed press conference ahead of Thursday's start of the Turkish Airlines Open.

The event is the third in the European Tour's Final Series and with Woods being the only non-European Tour member competing.

"No, we haven't spoken yet but I am sure as we have another year plus or about a year ahead of us, so there will be a lot of time between now and then to talk," said Woods.