Why would Azinger want Woods?
If this is true, then Azinger's European counterpart Nick Faldo should rub his hands in glee.
Inviting a limping Woods to be part of the American Ryder Cup team room would appear to make little sense.
Yes he is the best golfer in the world (when fit) and yes he is a patriotic American. But, as we all know, the Ryder Cup has never figured prominently on his golfing radar.
The US have lost four of the five matches in which he has played.
Woods has never enthused about the biennial match. He openly admitted he regarded a WGC strokeplay event as more important than the Ryder Cup.
He challenged reporters to recall Jack Nicklaus' record in the matches, knowing that most couldn't. The fact that we all knew he had won 18 majors was proof to Woods of what was more significant to a career.
This, of course, may be correct, but how many Europeans would express similar sentiments?
Two years ago Woods openly admitted to me that he couldn't understand why we get so excited by the Ryder Cup.
Is that the sort of attitude Azinger wants in his team room as he tries to end a run of three successive defeats?
Furthermore by inviting Woods he reminds his team that they're not the best players in America.
How would Phil Mickelson feel about it? Notoriously flaky at Ryder Cups, Lefty has the chance to become the US talisman at Valhalla, he surely wouldn't want Woods muscling in on that territory.
All Azinger will say is that such a move has not been confirmed, but that Woods does figure in his plans. "I'm going to have an open phone line to Woods during the event," the captain said.
"I am kind of curious how he feels as the event unfolds. He's really intelligent and he's got a great golf mind, so I'm looking forward to talking to Tiger."
Azinger's priority is surely to unite his side around its underdog status and inspire his men by telling them to prove they can beat Europe without Woods in the picture.
That is exactly the sort of psychology that has worked so well for Europe over the years.
Both captains are proving bemusing figures at the moment. Prior to this talk of Woods, Azinger chose expectant father Chad Campbell ahead of the fiery Woody Austin.
That was another strange one.
And I'm starting to wonder whether Faldo will buy into the all important 'one for all' attitude with this European side.
He has already turned his back on the ultimate team man in Darren Clarke and is convinced he can perform every aspect of the captaincy role with only the help of Jose Maria Olazabal.
"That's impossible, he'll need more help than that," 2002 skipper Sam Torrance told us this week.
Equally worrying is the fact that the captain had not found time to congratulate Oliver Wilson on making the team.
Wilson battled back from six over par to seven under at Gleneagles to ensure qualification.
On Five Live on Tuesday night I asked him if he had heard anything from the skipper. Wilson replied: "Not yet, but I'm sure he'll be in touch soon."
At least one former European skipper was aghast when he heard this.
The build up is already proving fascinating and in fairness it is worth pointing out that Europe's captains have been under fire heading into the last two matches which were then won by record margins.
Bernhard Langer was accused of being too remote, appointing the wrong vice captain and being barely visible in the closing stages of qualification in 2004 while Thomas Bjorn led a barrage of criticism over Ian Woosnam's picks two years later.
Woosie went to the team and offered to resign ahead of the match, only for his boys to rally round at the K Club.
That spirit is the European way and has invariably provided them with a thirteenth man.
Faldo would do well to remember this even though it goes against his natural instincts.