With the initial shock getting dwindled, the idea of Tiger Woods piloting a golf cart at the Hazeltine National next September as a vice captain currently in focus, one thing definitely got clear: so much for the belief that Woods is not endowed in the Ryder Cup.
For the innumerable causes, that narrative turned into many circles, possibly because Woods has achieved only a single win on U.S. Ryder Cup team. Woods have a losing overall record, and at a certain point in his early career when he, perhaps, did not completely buy into team golf.
However, on Wednesday a shocking announcement from captain Davis Love III stated that Woods will be serving under him at the Ryder Cup besides Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk should retort to all the doubts regarding his commitment.
In order to agree with this, 10 months before the competition, with an adequate amount of assumption concerning Woods’ own playing career as he recuperates from the newly inflicted back surgery, his 40th birthday approaching, speaks volumes.
Woods embraced the role of assistant captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club, an announcement that shocked everybody at the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Ga.
Tiger is enthusiastic in playing assistant and it is only his goal right, Love stated. He is very excited about it and wishes to get involved in any way. Love also said that he talked to him numerous times over the last few weeks, regarding his back, and how he’s feeling – how he has been practicing. He is highly motivated and all set to get in the team.
Rory McIlroy found himself at the back where he first learned that Tiger Woods was named a vice-captain for next year’s Ryder Cup. Acknowledging that the decision surfaces further questions relating to the 14-time major winner’s career.
Woods is going to turn 40 at the end of December and exhibited his dominance in the last 14 major titles in the US Open in 2008. Then again, McIlroy believes that he will portray as an inspirational figure to many of the younger players who are capable of making it to the home side next year.
Woods claimed on just one winning Ryder Cup team, at Brookline in the year 1999. He squandered both the United States’ last victory in 2008, and the defeat from last year at Gleneagles was due to his back injury.
The 39-year-old has a losing record of 17 of his 33 matches and confessed that he would rather win a WGC event and abandon the Ryder Cup only a week before the 2002 contest. It was during his concession to Francesco Molinari on the grand finale at Medinah in 2012 that confirmed an absolute European win instead of a possible tie.
Love have asserted that Woods is concerned enough for team competitions, and informed that he got several texts from the former world No. 1 while operating as vice-captain to Jay Haas in the course of the recent Presidents Cup.