Steve Stricker needs Tiger Woods to be an integral a part of the US workforce at this 12 months’s Ryder Cup.
Stricker is just not pondering of choosing Woods as a participant, however he mentioned on Wednesday that he plans to carry him on board as a vice-captain for the showdown with Europe at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in September.
“He is nonetheless received quite a bit happening and his spirits are nice, although, as of late and … he looks like he is in a greater place, although he is nonetheless received some methods to go,” Stricker mentioned.
He was referring to the intense automotive crash in Los Angeles in February that left Woods with critical accidents, together with a number of leg fractures.
The 15-times main champion is recuperating at dwelling in Florida and there’s no phrase on when, or even when, he’ll be capable to play once more.
“I might like to have him there,” Stricker mentioned. “Who would not, proper? The fellows actually respect him.
“He would do something for you and he is completely, completely vested within the scenario and the method.”
Woods will probably be a Ryder Cup captain every time he chooses, maybe as early as Italy in 2023.
Stricker has named Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Davis Love III as assistants for this 12 months’s occasion, with Woods destined to spherical out the management assuming he’s wholesome sufficient to make the journey.
Over eight Ryder Cup appearances, Woods has a surprisingly poor enjoying report within the fourball and alternate-shot foursomes.
Captains have discovered it troublesome to discover a appropriate accomplice who was not overawed on the prospect of enjoying with the best participant of his technology.
Woods’s profession report is 13 wins, 21 losses and three halves, with 4 of these wins coming in singles play.
However Stricker says 45-year-old Woods has advanced into a wonderful workforce chief and is seen as an elder statesman by most of the youthful gamers who grew up idolising him.
“As an assistant captain, he’s all-in with everyone and the gamers find it irresistible. They love being round him and he provides an amazing quantity when he’s there,” Stricker mentioned.
Talking on the eve of the PGA Championship, Stricker additionally introduced that this 12 months’s Ryder Cup format could be foursomes matches on Friday and Saturday morning, adopted by fourball competitors within the afternoon.
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