With 10 Ryder Cup appearances between them, US captain Jim Furyk has added stalwarts Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker to his backroom team as vice-captains.
The pair join Davis Love III at Le Golf National, previously announced as a vice-captain, and will be looking to retain the trophy and end a 25-year drought on European soil.Embed from Getty Images
14-time major champion Woods has reacted immediately, insisting his goal is still to make the team despite his delight at vice-captaincy.
“The Ryder Cup is incredibly special to me. I am thankful to once against serve as a Ryder Cup captain and I thank Jim for his confidence, friendship and support,” he said in a pre-recorded video message.
“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. I’m excited about the challenge.”
Woods last participated as a player in a Ryder Cup in 2012 as he managed just half a point from four matches as the US fell short and Europe ran out 14.5-13.5 winners.
But despite that Furyk knows how vital the experience that Woods, and Stricker, will bring to his leadership team. Especially after the role Woods played as vice-captain in the commanding victory at Hazeltine two years ago.
“The deep appreciation they both have for competition, the concept of team, and the Ryder Cup is infectious,” Furyk said.
“Their knowledge and experience will be an invaluable resource in our effort to retain the Ryder Cup.”
Furyk has also been cautious to not rule out the potential of Woods’ featuring as a member of his 12-man team in September.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
The three-day Ryder Cup begins at Le Golf National, Paris on September 28.