Tiger Woods has revealed how he "wasn't physically well" as his back started plaguing him during the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah where the United States threw away a four-point lead to lose to Europe on the final day.
Woods explained how he told '12 captain Davis Love II to sit him out of the Saturday morning foursomes because of his back, and he even asked for a late tee-time in the Sunday singles, which ultimately saw his anchor match with Francesco Molinari irrelevent once Europe had retained at least a share of the Ryder Cup.
“I wasn't feeling physically well at that Ryder Cup, and it's where my back started bugging me,” said Woods, who has missed the last two Ryder Cups due to injury
“That's the only wave I've ever missed was [that] Saturday afternoon wave, because I told Davis I just really couldn't go. And I said, 'Can you put me out later on Sunday? Because I need the time to get my back organised here.'
It was actually the Saturday MORNING wave you sat out, Tiger!
“It was tough watching them celebrate in the 18th fairway when I thought we should have won that one."
It marked the first time in Woods' Ryder Cup career that he didn’t play all four team sessions, and finished witha 0-3-1 (W-L-H)) record for the week.
As for this month's Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, which starts next Friday, the former world number one strongly hinted he will be partnering FedEx Cup leader Bryson DeChambeau when things get underway in Paris.
“I've gotten to know Bryson very well, and what an amazing talent, and an unbelievable hard worker,” said Woods. “He has figured out a way to play this game his own way, and he's very efficient at what he does, and he's not afraid to think outside the box on how he can become better.”