Tiger eyes leading US at Ryder Cup – just not yet
Tiger Woods hopes to captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team someday. He
still plans to play in a few more before that happens.
The 14-time major winner is coming off a disappointing
performance at Medinah. He secured only half a point in his seventh
Ryder Cup appearance as Europe retained the title Sept. 30.
”One day that would be fantastic and a huge honor to be a
captain of a Ryder Cup team, but hopefully it doesn’t happen in the
near future,” Woods said. ”I still want to be playing on a lot
more teams but certainly one day, when my golfing life is slowing
down and when it’s over, that would be a huge honor to be a part of
a Ryder Cup from a captaincy side.”
Woods arrived Monday for the $5.3 million Turkish Airways World
Golf Finals, an eight-player event being promoted simply as ”Tiger
Woods tied Raymond Floyd for the U.S. record for most losses in
foursomes (8) after pairing with Steve Stricker on Friday. He also
went down in the fourballs Friday and Saturday afternoon with
After playing only once on the winning team, in 1999, Woods is
stinging at the latest loss.
”It didn’t set in for me for a few days as to what happened in
Medinah. I had two sick kids I had to care for and they also had to
go to school. They had fevers and I was focused on them for a
couple of days,” he said. ”I then started to talk to my friends
and teammates, and once it all started to sink in – and the
position we had been in and what transpired – yes, it was tough for
a couple of days.
”I texted Freddie (Couples) and Steve (Stricker) quite a bit,
and like anything it is a tournament lost and you have to move on
and focus on the next event. We lose far more than we win in this
sport and you learn to move on. The next event is this week here in
Turkey, and I’ve got a good matchup with Charl (Schwartzel).”
Unlike Woods, Rory McIlroy has been to Turkey before, supporting
tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki for a season-ending
Wozniacki is here to support McIlroy this time, and the
top-ranked golfer is looking forward to getting back into the swing
after the euphoria of the Ryder Cup.
”It’s going to be a very exciting week with eight of the best
players in the world, and the people of Turkey are going to see an
event they’ve never seen before,” McIlroy said. ”I am still
trying to come down from the high of the Ryder Cup, but it’s just
nice to be here.
”I haven’t touched a club since the Ryder Cup as I’ve just been
chilling out with Caroline, so I will get to the golf course early
tomorrow morning and see if it’s still there.”