American Ryder Cup captain Love III praised role Woods
Tiger Woods may be due to a persistent injury for the second time in a row to participate in the Ryder Cup, but according to captain Davis Love III, the golf legend, yet a very important role in the American team.
“He’s incredibly involved,” said Love III about Woods, which is one of the five vicecaptains is to the Americans. “He is very thoughtful in the way he deal with that he’s like Tiger Woods, can have an impact, but at the same time a distraction.”
The 40-year-old Woods has been over a year no tournament played by a back injury that made him already a number of seasons quite a way.
The American, who about two weeks his comeback hopes to make it to the Safeway to Open in California, missed by that injury all the Ryder Cup of 2014 and was also not eligible for a role as a player in this year’s edition, which Friday begins at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in the state of Minnesota.
Love III decided that he has the experience of Woods, who as a player seven times participated in the Ryder Cup, can use and raised him as one of his adjudanten. The American has no regrets.
“He helps us tremendously with our strategy and our preparations, that is his main role,” says Love III. “But I have him a list with players to ask who they would most like to play. Tiger is willing to do whatever we ask him.”
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Tom Lehman, another vicecaptain with the Americans, suggested earlier this week, told the BBC that Woods is a “great advantage” for the USA, because “nobody a golf course can better analyse than he”.
The European vicecaptain Padraig Harrington counterde that the presence of Woods also have a counterproductive effect it can have on the American team, because the former number one of the world’s best golfer of his generation.
“That can be quite intimidating if you are not well prepared,” said Harrington. “All of that for both teams.”
“The fact is that Tiger never has someone been that a team managed to bring. He may as vicecaptain? He will some players be intimidated? We will have to see.”
Woods, this week most interview requests has chopped off because he would like to be treated than the other vicecaptains, has a hate-hate relationship with the Ryder Cup, the biennial battle between American and European golfers.
The 14-fold majorwinnaar knew from his seven entries only in 1999 to win with the Us team. Individually, he has more lose games (17) than won (13).
The Ryder Cup begins on Friday with the foursomes. Sunday is traditionally the decision in the singles.
Two years ago, won Europe in the Scottish Gleneagles for the third time in a row and for the sixth time in the last seven editions.