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One thing we know about Tiger Woods and the 2025 Ryder Cup is that he won’t captain the US side.

For a long time, the 15-time major champion was the front-runner to lead his nation into the dust-up with Europe at Bethpage Black.

But, in a short statement, Woods explained why he turned down the job.

“With my new responsibilities to the [PGA] Tour and time commitments involved, I felt like I would not be able to commit the time to Team USA and the players required as a captain,” he wrote.

“That does not mean I wouldn’t want to captain a team in the future. If and when I feel it is the right time, I will put my hat in the ring for this committee to decide.”

It cleared the way for Keegan Bradley to take over from Zach Johnson in a move few saw coming.

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Now, one of the biggest questions facing the 38-year-old surrounds who he will take in his back room to New York next September.

And former PGA Tour winner Smylie Kaufman said on ‘The Smylie Show’ that he cannot envision a world where Bradley leaves Woods at home.

“The vice captains is interesting because I think Phil Mickelson’s a really close friend to Keegan.

“But I have to imagine that, since Tiger turned it down, it’s hard not to see Tiger being a vice captain.”

According to Kaufman, though, that could leave Mickelson without a part to play in the match.

“I just don’t see a world in which Tiger and Phil will be Vice captains together,” he added.

Mickelson played in 12 Ryder Cup matches, his most recent in 2018 at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Woods, on the other hand, played in eight of the biennial contests, but was a playing-captain of the US Presidents Cup team in 2019 – a possibility facing Bradley.

During his announcement at the NASDAQ building in New York on Tuesday, the 2011 PGA Championship winner said he would take a ‘fresh look’ when picking his assistants.

“They’re going to be a lot younger, closer to playing,” Bradley said.

“I think that I’m going to be out there with the guys. I’m going to be playing in the same tournaments they’re going to be playing in. I’m going to be playing in majors with them. I’m going to be playing week-to-week, I’ll be alongside these guys in the locker room, practice rounds, dinner.”


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John Turnbull A graduate of the University of Stirling, John joined the bunkered team in 2023 as a Content Producer, with a responsibility for covering all breaking news, tour news, grassroots content and much more besides. A keen golfer, he plays the majority of his golf at Falkirk Golf Club. Top of his 'bucket list' is a round of Pebble Beach... ideally in the company of Gareth Bale.

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