Woods, Stricker named Ryder Cup vice captains
February 20, 2018
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- February 20, 2018
Tiger Woods involved before the Presidents Cup
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods will be in Paris, though his job description hasn't been finalized.
His spot on the charter flight to this year’s Ryder Cup was made official Tuesday when U.S. captain Jim Furyk announced Woods and Steve Stricker as vice captains.
Woods hopes to be a playing vice captain. It's a role that Furyk said would be difficult to fulfill, but which he did not dismiss.
Woods, who has not competed in the Ryder Cup since 2012, is tied with J.J. Henry for 104th in the U.S. standings.
“My goal is to make the team, but whatever happens over the course of this season, I will continue to do what I can to help us keep the Cup,” Woods said in a video statement played at Tuesday’s press conference. “I’m excited about the challenge ahead.”
Davis Love III was previously named as a vice captain for this year's Ryder Cp. Two more will be selected at a later date.
Love and Stricker were the captains in the United States' last two team victories. In his second stint at the helm, Love led the 2016 team that ended the United States' Ryder Cup losing streak. Stricker was in charge of the U.S. squad that dominated last year’s Presidents Cup. Woods was an assistant on both teams.
“He’s not the rah-rah cheerleader type, … but whenever he speaks, everyone listens because they know its important,” Furyk said of Stricker, who also was a vice captain in the previous two Ryder Cups.
Furyk lauded Woods’ knowledge of the “Xs and Os” of team formation, while previous captains have talked about Woods’ passion for the team events expressing itself in a flurry of text messages about strategy and potential captain’s picks and pairings.
Before he became involved in an official capacity, Woods was texting the U.S. team in the middle of the night from his home in Jupiter during the 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea. It was near midnight before the singles session at Hazeltine when Woods texted Love, “I don't think I'll be able to sleep, there's no more pairings to make.”
“It’s the pure enjoyment about, one, the competition, but also being with the guys,” Woods said at last year’s Presidents Cup.
Woods hopes to be more than a vice captain, though. He wants to be their teammate.