U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson claims Tiger Woods desperately wants to be in Rome but is unable to physically.
Johnson and Team USA arrived in Italy on 8 September on a scouting mission ahead of the contest which begins later this month.
Team USA are the bookies' favourites to win their first Cup on European soil in more than 30 years.
Johnson told the Associated Press:
Woods was most recently spotted on the golf course supporting his son Charlie Woods in a junior event.
The 47-year-old wasn't using a golf cart for transportation, prompting speculation his return to professional golf is on the horizon.
A number of golfers who represented the U.S. side at the last Ryder Cup claimed Woods helped inspire their 19-9 victory.
It is said that Woods that after Team USA opened up a considerable gap ahead of the Sunday singles, the 15-time major champ sent captain Steve Stricker a message that said: "Now step on their necks."
Woods is also said to have sent a group message to the U.S. Walker Cup side earlier in the month as they came from behind to defeat Great Britain and Ireland.
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