Tiger’s back in the Ryder
The title of the latest chapter of Tiger Woods’ comeback has got its title, Ryder Cup 2018.
Woods, who only returned to competitive golf in November following spinal fusion surgery in April of last year made his debut in the competition in 1997 has a poor record in the tournament managing just 13 wins, and suffering 17 defeats and three halved matches.
U.S captain Jim Furyk named Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Woods as his first three wildcards for the biennial competition which will take place at Le Golf National near Paris, France from the 28-30 of September.
“We were looking for players that have a body of work, players that are in good form and we’re heading to Europe, playing on foreign soil, so wanted players that would handle that situation and thrive on it,” said Furyk when explaining why he had picked the trio.
Woods was originally down as a non-playing vice-captain for the U.S team but Furyk says that he will be hoping to still draw knowledge on the knowledge and experience of the former world number one.
Woods, who hasn’t played in the competition since 2012 said that to be selected again is “beyond special.”
“I haven’t been part of the team playing-wise for six years. I served as vice-captain a couple of years ago and that was absolutely incredible to be part of the team, to try to help these young guys in any way I could. This year, to be able to play again is beyond special.”
With Woods now playing, Furyk added David Duval, Zach Johnson, and Matt Kuchar as vice-captains joining Love and Steve Stricker on the backroom staff.
Mickelson who has played in a record 12 Ryder cups had to rely on a wildcard for the first time in his career. Mickelson has won 18, lost 20 and halved seven of his 45 matches only Furyk himself has lost as many in the competition.
DeChambeau currently ranked 7th in the PGA world rankings, will be making his debut in Paris but is in good but is coming into the competition after finishing first in the first two FedEx Cup playoff events.
Open champion Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren, and Thorbjorn Olesen are in the Europe side with captain Thomas Bjorn set to announce his four wildcard picks at 2 p.m on Wednesday.
Furyk will make his fourth and final wildcard pick for the tournament on Monday.