Tiger Woods Removes Himself From Ryder Cup Consideration


tiger-woodsTiger Woods announced on Wednesday that he would be removing himself from consideration for one of Tom Watson’s at large picks to represent the USA in the Ryder Cup.

Woods had surgery on his back on March 31st and has performed poorly in the 4 tournaments he has played in following his return from the injury, including a withdrawal from the Bridgestine Invitational. Despite the injury troubles and string of rough play, Tom Watson had not dismissed the idea of selecting Woods to participate in the Ryder Cup.

“While I greatly appreciate Tom thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I must take myself out of consideration,” said Woods. “I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now.

Woods continued, “”I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be ready for the competition. The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I’ll be cheering for the U.S. team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.”

According to Woods’ website, the star golfer will not compete again until December 4th-7th at the Isleworth in Orlando at an annual tournament that benefit’s Woods’ foundation.

Watson, the captain of the US ryder Cup team is now tasked with selecting 3 additional golfers to join the US effort, and can no longer select Woods.

“My primary wish is for Tiger to be healthy and competitive, and I hope that he’ll return to the game very soon,” Watson said in a statement Wednesday. “Of course I’m disappointed that Tiger Woods has asked to not be considered for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, and that his health is not where he would like it to be.”


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