LONDON – Fourteen-time Major winner Tiger Woods will serve as one of the vice captains on the US Ryder Cup squad that will try to snap a 25-year drought on European soil later this year.
Jim Furyk, who will serve as captain when holders the US battle Europe in September at the Golf National on the outskirts of Paris, also announced 12-time PGA Tour winner Steve Stricker as a vice captain.
“To win in Paris will be a great challenge, and to have Steve and Tiger share in the journey is important for me and for American golf,” said Furyk. “The deep appreciation they both have for competition, the concept of team, and the Ryder Cup is infectious. Their knowledge and experience will be an invaluable resource in our effort to retain the Ryder Cup.”
Woods, who this week will make his third start of the PGA Tour season after a year-long absence during which he had back surgery, first served as a vice captain at Hazeltine in 2016.
The 42-year-old is a veteran of seven Ryder Cups as a player, most recently in 2012.
He said he was thankful to be selected as a vice captain but is still keen to earn a spot on the team as a player.
“My goal is to make the team, but whatever happens over the course of this season, I will continue to do whatever I can to help us keep the Cup,” Woods said in a video. “I’m excited about the challenge.”
Furyk said Woods has an ability to effectively pair players together in foursomes and fourballs while also inspiring a young team filled with players who took up the game in the hope of emulating Woods.
Woods may have plenty of ground to make up if he hopes to be a playing vice-captain, but Furyk did not rule out him filling a dual role.
“I want to do what’s best for Tiger and I want to do what’s best for the team and that would be a bridge we cross when we got there,” said Furyk. “If he could be valuable as a player, I mean, I’m sure we would want him playing on this team.
“But there’s so much time to go.”