Wisconsin - Corey Pavin said Tiger Woods would receive no special favours and that the world number one is going to have to earn his way onto the US Ryder Cup team like everybody else.
"There's nobody that's promised any picks right now," said the US captain on Wednesday.
"It would be disrespectful to everybody that's trying to make the team.
"I've got quite a few people I am looking at. I would not disrespect any of the players that are potential players on the team."
On Tuesday, Woods reiterated his desire to play his way onto the Ryder Cup team and not have to worry about being named as a captain's pick.
But asked if he would accept a captain's invitation if asked by Pavin, Woods replied that he would.
On Wednesday Pavin awkwardly tried to clear up confusion over an interview he gave to journalist Jim Gray of The Golf Channel who reported Tuesday that Pavin would make Woods one of his four captain's picks.
"I don't want to get into specifics of the conversation. But it certainly was something I did not say," Pavin said.
"I am looking at everybody. And I have to see who the eight players are come the end of this week and try to compliment those eight with the best four that I can field against a very strong European team."
Pavin exchanged words after Wednesday's news conference with Gray, who said he is standing by his earlier story.
Pavin, who talked to Woods on Wednesday morning, said he would make his four captain's picks on September 7.
Although the US regained the Ryder Cup in 2008, Europe have won five of the last seven events and are favourites to be victorious again in October at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales.