The new Tiger Woods isn’t so dominant, as we already know. Now we’re learning something else about the new Tiger:
He says sorry.
Woods spoke to the US Ryder Cup team’s rookies after last month’s loss and said he was sorry for not doing his part in earning the necessary points, according to Tim Rosaforte, a contributor on the Golf Channel.
Woods didn’t win a match and the US team blew a four-point, last-day lead at Medinah Country Club as the Europeans retained the Cup with a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory.
Woods, who has been part of only one Ryder Cup win (in 1999), apologized to Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson and Jason Dufner after going 0-3 in team play with partner Steve Stricker and then halving in the final singles match against Francesco Molinari, when the Europeans already had won.
"[Woods] personally apologized to everyone for not doing more, for not getting the points he needed to get a US victory," Rosaforte said. "For people who don’t think Woods really cares, whenever that turn or that pivot occurred in his career, it has fully turned."
In the days following Woods’ public embarrassment in 2009 during allegations of infidelity and deceit, many people accused Woods of lacking humility as he dominated his sport. Some wondered whether the scandal would change the way Woods approached the game and his fellow players.
It’s hard to tell if Woods really has changed, but he seems to be making an effort to be more of a team player. Or at least own up to a very bad weekend on the course.