Tiger Woods has challenged the younger players who used to jokingly say that they wanted to go up against him ahead of the Ryder Cup, according to a report on the Belfast Telegraph.
The American is coming into the event full of confidence after picking up his first win in almost five years as he won the Tour Championship last week.
Woods has been back in golf action for one year and admitted that he did not even dream of making such a successful return to the sport.
Just one year ago, Woods could barely walk as a result of his continuous back problems but he has made an incredible recovery and is now playing some great golf.
When speaking about the upcoming Ryder Cup, Woods said:
I’ve played a lot of the matches. Of those seven previous Ryder Cups, I’ve sat out one session, and that was at Medinah. Otherwise, I’ve played every single match.
We haven’t done well. You know, the year that we won in 2008, I had reconstruction knee surgery after the US Open and I didn’t play. And I was a vice-captain in 2016, but it’s different being a player.
It was neat to be part of the team, to get them into the right circumstances to allow them to play their best golf. But my overall Ryder Cup record — not having won as a player since 1999 — is something that hopefully we can change. We haven’t won as a US squad in 25 years on foreign soil, so hopefully that will change this week as well.
The younger guys were on their way in when I was on my way out. You know, they had never really played against me when I was playing well. It’s been, what, five years since I’ve won a golf tournament.
I think that when my game is there, I feel like I’ve always been a tough person to beat. They have jokingly been saying that ‘We want to go against you’. All right. Here you go.
Woods has barely had time to celebrate his Tour Championship victory as he almost immediately had to prepare to fly out to France for the Ryder Cup.