Tiger Woods reveals reasons for rotten Ryder Cup performance

Tiger Woods Ryder Cup 2018

Arguably nobody had a worse time at this year’s Ryder Cup than Tiger Woods.

Just days after ending a five-year winless drought at the Tour Championship to secure his 80th PGA Tour title, Woods lost all four of the matches he played at Le Golf National in the USA’s 17½-10½ defeat.

That ‘improved’ his overall Ryder Cup record to 13-21-3 – only Phil Mickelson has lost more matches – with a points return of just 39.2%.

• Have you heard about our incredible subscription offer yet?

• Long-standing TV golf commentator to retire in 2019

Incredibly, Woods has played in the Ryder Cup eight times – and finished on the winning side only once, at Brookline in 1999.

No wonder he cut a dejected, exhausted figure in the post-match press conference.

Tiger Woods Ryder Cup 2

Yesterday, he made his first public appearance since the “Pounding In Paris”, when he hosted a clinic ahead of the annual Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach. Naturally, the subject of his poor Ryder Cup performance came up.

“It was just a cumulative effect of the entire season,” explained Woods. “I was tired because I hadn’t trained for it. I hadn’t trained this entire comeback to play this much golf and on top of that deal with the heat and the fatigue and the loss of weight.”

• Golfer taking on epic challenge to raise cancer awareness

• OPINION: Tiger vs Phil: An unapologetic publicity stunt

Despite his rotten record, Woods is widely tipped to be a future Ryder Cup captain, perhaps at Bethpage in 2024.

He’ll get a chance to warm up for that when he skipper the US in next year’s Presidents Cup in Australia. Woods being Woods, he’s toying with the idea of being a playing captain.

“God I hope so,” he said. “I really hope to be a playing captain, I really do.”

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
Your new way to chip | 3 simple chipping tips
Chipping
play button
How to play Worst Ball
Worst ball
play button
Old vs New Tech | How big are the gains going to be?
Titleist
play button
How to play Texas Scramble
Texas Scramble
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Thorbjorn Olesen responds to "sexual assault" allegations
Thorbjorn Olesen "grabbed woman's breast on flight", court told
Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson hit with bizarre penalty
"I nearly quit golf this year" reveals Bryson DeChambeau
bunkered lands major industry awards for outstanding service

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Swing through the ball to hit a fade
Callaway
play button
Don’t close your clubface at address
Watch
play button
Open up your left foot to get through the ball
Watch
play button
Strike down on the ball for more consistency
Watch
See all videos right arrow