Tiger Woods will not play with Phil Mickelson at Ryder Cup, claims Jim Furyk

Woods and Mickelson failed together in 2004, and Furyk wants no repeat. 

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018
Tiger Woods will not play with Phil Mickelson at Ryder Cup, claims Jim Furyk


Tiger Woods will unlikely be paired with Phil Mickelson at this year's Ryder Cup, according to 2018 United States captain Jim Furyk.

Furyk, who skippers the holders ahead of their biennial clash with Europe at Le Golf National from September 28 to 30, has made it clear he does not want a repeat of 2004 when Woods and Mickelson both teamed up to lose both their matches.


That year in 2004, Hal Sutton's United States side were demolished on soil 18.5-9.5 by Bernhard Langer's European side. 

"I hope they're both watching, because they just fell off the couch laughing," said Furyk, who laughed off any suggestion Woods will play with Mickelson in Paris. 

"I wouldn't guess that would be a good idea as a captain, I'm just saying."

Here's the rest of the interview...



While it still remains a question mark as to whether Woods will make the 2018 United States Ryder Cup side, recent performances and his experience would suggest he is a guarantee for a pick should he need one, and of course remains in good health. 

The same can be said of Mickelson, who has also enjoyed a mini resurgence this season, highlighted by victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

Woods and Mickelson may have looked like they did not enjoy playing alongside each other at the 2004 Ryder Cup, but they were spotted enjoying each other's company in the pratice rounds at The Masters in April. 

The United States won the Ryder Cup 17-11 at Hazeltine National in 2016, but Europe have won six of the last eight renewals of golf's greatest biennial clash.