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Ryder Cup: Tiger Woods to make it easy for captain Corey Pavin

By Karl MacGinty

Corey Pavin's selection headaches are much less severe than those endured by his European counterpart Colin Montgomerie last weekend ... and Tiger Woods is expected to help matters considerably this weekend in Boston.

For the first time since becoming embroiled in one of the biggest sex scandals in sporting history, Woods actually looks a worthy pre-tournament favourite as he prepares to tee it up in today's first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.

And should Tiger justify odds of 7/1 and rekindle his hopes of retaining the FedEx Cup by claiming his first victory in an intensely troubled season on Monday, he'll become one of the most straightforward captain's picks in Ryder Cup history.

US captain, Pavin unveils his four wild cards on Tuesday and, contrary to popular belief on this side of the Atlantic, the US skipper has no shortage of options.

With Woods pulling his career back together in the wake of his recent divorce settlement, evidenced by trademark performances in the first and final round as he finished tied 12th at The Barclays, Pavin's greatest headache now is likely to be Anthony Kim.

Kim opted to undergo thumb surgery in May to be fit in time for the Ryder Cup, but he's missed three cuts since his comeback and Pavin will be keeping fingers crossed that this Valhalla hero plays all 72 holes impressively in Boston.

The Deutsche Bank is likely to be visited late this afternoon by Hurricane Earl, which offers further spooky endorsement of Tiger's bid to repeat his 2006 victory in Boston, so Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy had better pack their rain gear.

Meanwhile, Darren Clarke |(pictured) carded a four-under 67, while Italian Matteo Manassero, last year's British amateur champion, matched the lowest round of his short professional career by grabbing seven birdies for a seven under par 64 at the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre.

Gareth Maybin shot a two-under par 69, while Michael Hoey recorded a level par 71.

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