Tiger Woods sits out Ryder Cup for first time, will miss Saturday’s foursome
Tiger Woods lost both of his matches at the opening day of the 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club, while making seven birdies out of nine in partnership with Steve Stricker. However, Tiger Woods only hit on 2 of 7 fairways as he and Steve Stricker struggled on the alternate under par shots and neither was his swing down to perfection.
The USA pair lost the morning foursome to Britain’s Ian Poulter and Justin Rose 2 and 1. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker also lost their afternoon fourballs 1 up to the young duo, Belgian’s Nicolas Colsaerts and Britain's Lee Westwood.
"I didn't play very good this morning at all," Tiger Woods stated after he struggled badly off the tee on Friday. "I was hitting it awful and not doing anything well.”
It was unfortunate that Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker should fare so poorly on a day when the Americans were leading 5-3 against their European rivals.
"But I hit it good this afternoon. I drove it great this afternoon and was in position,” added Tiger Woods, “but we ran into a guy (Nicolas Colsaerts) who just made absolutely everything."
Rookie Nicolas Colsaerts was at the top of his game after scoring eight birdies as well as an eagle on Friday.
Davis Love declared that his decision to bench Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker for the third session had nothing to do with their overall performance on Friday.
"We felt we did not need anybody to have to play five matches," stated Davis Love after he announced Saturday’s pairing that did not include both Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. “I think Tiger needs a rest, Steve needs a rest.”
“It’s a big, long, tough golf course and we just don’t want guys to be worn out,” continued Davis Love. “We need Tiger and Steve in the afternoon (for Saturday's fourball matches).”
Davis Love added that although Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker were “supportive” of the decision to sit out Saturday’s session, they were disappointed at having to wait till Sunday to return to the golf course.
“We need Tiger and Steve on Sunday (for the singles),” said Davis Love.
Only last week, Tigers Woods had expressed his desire to appear in all five session.
"That's why we train, run all those miles, lift all those weights, so we're fit for these things," said Tiger Woods.
The recent development leaves Tiger Woods at 13-16-2 for his Ryder Cup appearances.