14-time major winner has tumbled to 104 after a period of inactivity.
Captain Davis Love III says former world number one is determined to make team after Gleneagles absence.
McIlroy has one tournament left to prepare for his bid to complete a career grand slam at the Augusta Masters
World number 1 launches 3-iron into lake in Miami after finding water with second shot on the 8th.
The 46-year-old Northern Irishman selected ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn.
Former world number one has endured a poor start to 2015.
World No.1 golfer avoids cross examination in Dublin's High Court after deal is agreed
Australian golfer was drugged, robbed and beaten after drinking at Honolulu bar
The coveted and prestigious end-of-year prize has being overshadowed by negative vibes over McIlroy's snub.
British Formula 1 world champion finishes ahead of Rory McIlroy and Jo Pavey
Former world number one hits a five-over round of 77 in his first appearance since August
Woods has not competed since Augsut but feels 'fantastic' ahead of 2015.
Golf legend blasts mock interview for depicting him as callous and aloof
Former Ryder Cup winning captain, Bernard Gallacher discusses Rory Mcllroy's legal dispute and how he feels it will really affect his game and pursuit of next year's crown in Augusta.
Northern Irishman claims award for second time in three years after double major win.