Tiger Woods will not be at the Ryder Cup, but remains an asset to the American team

Tiger Woods is not expected at the Ryder Cup, but he will always be an asset to Team USA as he continues his recovery from his car accident in February.

Woods has held various positions over the past four international competitions. He was captain in the United States’ victory at the 2019 Presidents Cup, player in the previous Ryder Cup (2018) and vice-captain in the 2016 Ryder Cup and assistant captain for the 2017 Presidents Cup, where he served under Steve. Stricker.

“He’s been, you know, obviously a lot in my ear and I call him out pretty regularly,” Stricker, this year’s Ryder Cup captain, said Monday from Whistling Straits. “He is part of our Ryder Cup team. It is part of what we do.

Woods’ involvement could range from texts to captains to video calls with players. Stricker said some of the American players recently visited Woods at his South Florida home.

“I think it’s just not the right time for him to be here physically because of where he is in his rehabilitation and (Whistling Straits is a) tough course to walk,” Stricker said. Monday. “Everyone is going to see it, from tee to green, it’s tough. So probably won’t show up. But he is improving and his goal and mine is to come back to play again. We don’t want to get in the way of that because we would all like to see him come back and play. »

It will be the first time Woods has not been in attendance for a Cup competition since the 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea. His text messages to captains as he watched the competition in the early morning hours at his home in Florida, where he was rehabilitating his ailing back, showed his passion for international competition and his desire to serve even when he couldn’t play.

“He was calling and texting us to find out what was going on,” Davis Love III said in 2015, after he named Woods vice-captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup. “He wants to be involved in any way. “

That includes this year, as he watches the action from afar.

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