Ryder Cup: Tiger Woods Won’t Be at Whistling Straits, But Will Contribute Virtually

Vice-captains Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods
Vice-captains Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods look on during practice prior to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National GC on Sep 28, 2016 in Chaska, MN. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann - PGA of America via Getty Images)

Tiger Woods is not expected to be on site at this week’s Ryder Cup, but according to Captain Steve Stricker, the 15 time major winner will be part of the team virtually.

Woods was a vice captain in the 2016 Ryder Cup matches at Hazeltine, working alongside Stricker and under Davis Love III.

“He’s been, you know, obviously in my ear a lot and I call him pretty regularly,” said Stricker on Monday from Whistling Straits.

“He’s part of our Ryder Cup team. He’s part of what we do.”

Stricker cited the rolling terrain of Whistling Straits as the primary reason for keeping Woods away from the iconic venue.

“I think it’s just not a good time for him to be here physically because of where he’s at in his rehabilitation and (Whistling Straits is a) tough course to walk,” said Stricker.

“Everybody is going to see it, from tee-to-green, it’s difficult. So probably won’t show up. But he’s getting better and his focus and mine is on making a comeback to play again.

“We don’t want to get in the way of that because we would all love to see him come back and play.”

Stricker said Woods’ involvement will include text chats with captains and video calls with players.


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