Tiger Woods will NOT be at the Ryder Cup this week, reveals Steve Stricker as he continues his recovery from a car crash – as USA captain insists it is ‘not a good time’ for the golf legend to return
- Tiger Woods will not be part of the USA team for the start of the Ryder Cup
- Woods is continuing his recovery from a car crash he suffered in February
- USA captain Steve Stricker said it was ‘not a good time’ during his rehabilitation
United States Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker does not expect Tiger Woods to make an appearance at Whistling Straits this week as he continues his recovery from a car crash in February.
Legendary golfer Woods has been a focal point of USA teams during the competition in years gone by but is not in the right state to be with the group during his rehabilitation from the accident, which saw the 15-major champion lifted out of the wreck by firefighters.
He had been travelling at 84-87mph – double the 45mph speed limit – with his car flipping several times, and while Stricker says he is in constant communication with Woods, he poured scorn on suggestions he could be involved.
Tiger Woods will not be part of the USA’s Ryder Cup team, confirms captain Steve Stricker
‘Probably not going to happen,’ he said ahead of the Ryder Cup, which starts on Friday. ‘He’s been in my ear a lot and I call him pretty regularly. He’s part of our Ryder Cup Team. He’s part of what we do.
‘I know some of the players went over to see him but I think it’s just not a good time for him to be here physically because of where he’s at in his rehabilitation.
‘But he’s getting better and his focus 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.’
Meanwhile, Stricker has insisted he has no worries over the mindset of Brooks Koepka as they head into the tournament later this week.
Stricker, Woods’ old team-mate, says it is ‘not the right time’ as he recovers from a car crash
Woods and Stricker were both vice-captains the last time the Americans won the Ryder Cup
In an interview last week the four-time major champion said he finds the biennial event ‘tough, hectic and a bit odd’ and also expressed his frustration at not being able to ‘take naps’ during the week.
It appeared to offer another insight into the disharmony within the American team room which critics have linked to them losing nine of the last 12 matches.
Koepka, who has declared himself fit from a wrist injury which prevented him from joining a two-day reconnaissance at Whistling Straits with the rest of the team, also brings a long-running feud with Bryson DeChambeau to Wisconsin but Stricker insists everything is under control on both fronts.
‘I have talked to him about it,’ said the USA captain over Koepka’s comments.
‘I’ve had experiences with Brooks over many of these teams and the conversation I’ve had with him and what I’ve personally seen in the team room doesn’t ‘jib up’ to what I was reading in those articles.
‘I am not worried about Brooks. He assures me he is healthy and 100 per cent and he is on this team to do whatever needs to be done to be a winner at the end of the week.
‘I’ve been talking to him every couple of days since it (the injury) happened and he tells me everything is 100 per cent and he is ready to go.
Stricker is also unconcerned about a well-documented rift between Brooks Koepka (far left) and Bryson Dechambeau (second left)
‘From what I understand he is fully healed and ready for anything.’
The Koepka-DeChambeau relationship is likely to be a thread running throughout the week as players appear in front of the media.
Stricker has been asked about it many times before so had his answer prepared when questioned.
He added: ‘It’s a non-issue for me and the team. I’ve had conversations between them both and they have assured me it’s not going to be an issue.
‘I had a dinner, they all showed up, had great conversation and they are completely on board. I have no worries whatsoever.
‘Will we pair them together? I don’t think so at this point but things could change. Could always happen. But probably not.’