Tiger Woods Explains What Caused His Disastrous Ryder Cup Performance


Tiger Woods came into the Ryder Cup as the hottest player on the PGA Tour, but he left France with no wins and probably the worst performance of any player on the American team.

Woods was never the greatest Ryder Cup performer, but his 0-for-the-Ryder-Cup at Le Golf National near Paris was worse than normal. He even lost to Jon Rahm in the singles match, which is traditionally his best event.

So what happened? Woods was asked that this week at his charity event at Pebble Beach, the Tiger Woods Invitational, which raises money for his TGR Foundation.

“It was just a cumulative effect of the entire season,” Woods said during a question-and-answer session with reporters, reported Yahoo Sports. “I was tired because I hadn’t trained for it. I hadn’t trained this entire comeback to play this much golf and on top of that deal with the heat and the fatigue and the loss of weight.”

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Just days prior to leaving for France for the Ryder Cup, Woods won his first tournament in five years, the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta. It was his 80th career victory and vaulted Woods to second place in the season-long Fed Ex Cup standings, behind winner Justin Rose, who needed a birdie at 18 to stave off Woods. The emotional and physical grind through the Fed Ex Cup playoffs took its toll on the 42-year-old.

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“It’s still sinking in, because 80 is a big number,” Woods said. “I’ve won 80 times out there. That’s pretty cool. It hasn’t been easy.

“What validates it for me is the fact that I got a chance to go against Rory (McIlroy) head-to-head in the final group, and also Justin (Rose), who was tied with Rory, a group ahead. He’d just become the No. 1 player in the world. In order to get my first win in five years I had to beat those two guys. That makes it feel even more special.”

Next up for Woods is his exhibition match with Phil Mickelson on Nov. 23 at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.

It’s a pay-per-view event with the winner taking home the $9 million prize. Viewers will have to pay $24.99 to watch it, according to media reporter James Miller.

After that he’ll play in his Hero World Challenge, which will be held in the Bahamas in December.

Beyond that, his 2019 schedule is unclear at this point, but it’s safe to assume, after a successful 2018 season, that he’ll be back to playing a pretty full schedule on the PGA Tour.

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Woods, who will turn 43 on Dec. 30, will be chasing two golf records when he heads back to the course next season. One, Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championships, is a longshot, but the other, Sam Snead’s 82 PGA Tour wins, is definitely doable.

Tiger also is itching to play better on behalf of his country in 2019 than he did in 2018. Woods is the captain for the 2019 Presidents Cup team, but he hopes to be more than just the captain — he wants to play, too.

“God I hope so,” Woods said about making the team. “I really hope to be a playing captain, I really do.”

Even if he doesn’t qualify, he is the captain, so he’s definitely got an “in” as far as being one of the captain’s picks.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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