Tiger Woods laments pointless return from Ryder Cup

Woods beaten in ALL four of his Ryder Cup matches at Le Golf National 

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Mon, 1 Oct 2018

Tiger Woods laments pointless return from Ryder Cup


A despondent Tiger Woods admitted his recent exertions had taken their toll after he failed to win a single point in the United States’ Ryder Cup defeat at Le Golf National, writes Phil Casey at Press Association Sport.


Woods came into the event on the back of a first win in five years at the Tour Championship and supposedly more invested than ever before in the contest having acted as a vice-captain in the victory at Hazeltine in 2016.

Tiger Woods was consoled by Rory McIlroy after Europe had beaten the United States team (Gareth Fuller/PA)

However, the 42-year-old lost all three pairs matches – making it eight in a row stretching back to 2010 – and his overall record now reads 13 wins, 21 defeats and three halved matches in eight appearances, only one of which (in 1999) has produced a victory.

“Yeah, I played seven out of nine weeks because I qualified for Akron and you know, all of those are big events, starting with the Open Championship,” said Woods, who lost 2&1 to Jon Rahm in Sunday’s singles.

“You’ve got a World Golf Championships, you’ve got another major championship, you’ve got the [FedEx Cup] play-offs and then you have the Ryder Cup on the back side.

Woods, who won the Tour Championship, admitted he had used up a lot of energy heading into the Ryder Cup (Gareth Fuller/PA)

“So a lot of big events, and a lot of focus, a lot of energy goes into it. I was fortunate enough to have won one and we were all coming here on a high and feeling great about our games, about what we were doing, and excited about playing this week.

“For me, it’s been a lot of golf for a short period of time. I’ll have a better understanding of what my training needs to be for next year so that I certainly can endure the entire season, because this year was very much up in the air of how much I would play or if I would play at all.”

Woods said he had learned a lot from his Ryder Cup performance about how he will approach next year (Adam Davy/PA)

Woods, who underwent spinal fusion surgery in April 2017 and only returned to action in November, added: “It’s disappointing because I went 0-4 and that’s four points to the European team.

“And I’m one of the contributing factors to why we lost the cup, and it’s not a lot of fun. It’s frustrating because we came here, I thought we were all playing pretty well, and I just didn’t perform at the level that I had been playing, and just got behind early in the matches and never got back.”