Tiger Woods bites dust at Ryder Cup despite Americans 10-6 lead
The USA team captain Davis Love III was confident about his pairing after setting up Tiger Woods, who is 13-17-2 in the Ryder Cup, with Steve Stricker. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker arrived with great promise at the 39th Ryder Cup, with a 6-2 record in match play, and the duo went 2-1 at Celtic two years back.
However, on Saturday Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker failed avoid their third consecutive match loss, after Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald beat them 1 up.
Steve Stricker andTiger Woods got off to a bad start at the opening foursome as they were swept by a dominating performance by European rookie Nicolas Colsaerts who was paired with Lee Westwood. Nicolas Colsaerts claimed the match for the Europeans with eight birdies and an eagle. And Tiger Woods left the course without a point, for the fourth time throughout seven Ryder Cup appearances in his career.
Tiger Woods later stated that he was “pretty spent” following Friday afternoon’s efforts, and probably owing to his increasing age could utilize the break for a rest to get back in shape for the next series in Ryder Cup.
However, arriving on the course Saturday, Steve Stricker took charge for the American pair as Tiger Woods lingered behind until the par-5 on 10th for his first hole, and driving his second shot through a bunker as it by the lip until it stopped within 15 feet of the pin. Tiger Woods overestimated the eagle by 2 feet, yet the Europeans conceded.Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald were reduced a one hole lead following Tiger Woods’ tee shot that put the ball within 5 feet on the par-3 13th.
Later, when the Europeans back up by 2, Tiger Woods putted the ball in the hole at on 16 to 9 feet.
"I knew we had to make birdies coming in," said Luke Donald. "They (Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker) are a formidable pairing and they played great on the back nine."
Tiger Woods’ comeback with a relentless back-nine rally in which he made four birdies on the last six holes provided a rare opportunity for the Americans to fight back for the match.
"We fought hard. Unfortunately, it just wasn't enough," claimed Tiger Woods. "We gave ourselves two good looks at 18, and didn't get it done."
"We (won) six out of eight holes and had a chance on 18," added Tiger Woods. "Just didn't do it."
The Europeans dreaded Tiger Woods’ tee shot to 13 feet of 17, but Luke Donald landed the ball a little further and his with a single putt, the Europeans had stolen another half-point.
Steve Stricker’s held the Americans fate after Tiger Woods missed the putt, but he lipped out on a 7-footer and the match was decided in the Europeans’ favor.
The Americans had one last chance, even after Woods missed his putt. Stricker's 7-footer lipped out, however, and the Americans came up empty.