Thursday 30 October 2014

Ryder Cup 'pointless' for Tiger as he admits he isn't fit

I wouldn't win a game, says Woods as he reveals he won't return until December

Karl MacGinty

Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30

Tiger Woods took his name out of the reckoning for the Ryder Cup because he didn't feel capable of winning even a point for Tom Watson's American side. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images
Tiger Woods took his name out of the reckoning for the Ryder Cup because he didn't feel capable of winning even a point for Tom Watson's American side. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Tiger Woods didn't have to dwell long over his decision to pull out of the US Ryder Cup team.

Woods hasn't hit a golf ball since missing the cut at the US PGA and won't swing a club for the next month, rendering inevitable his withdrawal from the showdown with Europe in five weeks.

Tiger took his name out of the reckoning because he didn't feel capable of winning even a point for Tom Watson's American side.

As Woods explained that he'll not be fit enough to return to competitive golf until December, he left a large question mark over his decision to rush back into action this summer, barely three months after undergoing back surgery.

Clearly, Tiger's anxiety to renew his lifelong pursuit of the record 18 Majors won by Jack Nicklaus at Hoylake and Valhalla, two venues where he prevailed in his heyday, over-rode ongoing concern for his ailing back.

"Physically, I couldn't do it," Woods said of the Ryder Cup. "I wouldn't be ready. Not being able to be there for my team-mates, the captain, assistant captain and everyone that's involved in the event, I just couldn't help the team.

"When your name is called, you have to be able to go out there and get a point and I just didn't feel I could be ready enough to get a point. So it's time to shut it down, get stronger, get more explosive and get back for next year."

As for his injury, he said: "Generally it's getting better, of that there is no doubt. We've got it all calmed down.

"Now we're in the strengthening-up process and I probably won't be swinging a club for another month, though I'm getting stronger each and every day.

"We're in the gym two or three times a day, I've got my physios and my trainer there. Then we're going to introduce dynamic training again and (work on) my explosiveness.

"Anyway, that's down the road. Let's just get this thing stronger first. Basically, I've got three or four months off where I get to be physically fit and when I come back, I'll be explosive again and stable."

Woods missed the cut when he made a blatantly premature return to PGA Tour action in June's Quicken Loans National, the tournament he hosts at Congressional.

After an impressive first-round 69 at July's Open, he slumped into a tie for 69th at Hoylake; he pulled out of Sunday's final round at The Bridgestone with back spasms then, five days later and still physically challenged, failed to make the weekend at the US PGA.

Challenged

"Obviously this year was frustrating in that I didn't really feel that I gave myself much of a chance. I first had that pain in my back and it would go away, and then it would come back, go away, come back, until eventually it never went away," he explained.

"It got fixed, but I took that fall on number two at the (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational) and I hadn't done any agility training yet so my hip got misaligned and everything went into spasm again.

"We got that all calmed down again but then I had to play. Now I need to keep it calm, then strengthen it and then I'll be back. That's one of the reasons I've shut it down. I'll come back in December and be ready for next year."

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