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Tiger: My Ryder Cup record has to improve


CUB: Woods at 1999 Ryder Cup. Pic: AP Photo/Elise Amendola

CUB: Woods at 1999 Ryder Cup. Pic: AP Photo/Elise Amendola

CUB: Woods at 1999 Ryder Cup. Pic: AP Photo/Elise Amendola

After ending his own winless streak in unforgettable fashion in the Tour Championship, Tiger Woods has his sights set on ending an even lengthier team drought to improve his personal Ryder Cup record.

Woods completed one of the greatest comebacks in sport after holding his nerve to win the 80th PGA Tour title of his career on Sunday in Atlanta, a first victory since 2013 coming 17 months after a last-ditch bid to save his career with spinal fusion surgery.

Just five hours later, the 42-year-old was on a plane to Paris with his team-mates ahead of this week's Ryder Cup, an event in which he has been on the winning side just once in seven attempts.

Woods won just half a point from four matches on his last appearance at Medinah in 2012 and his level of commitment to a team event rather than individually glory has often been questioned.

Speaking at Le Golf National about his record in the Ryder Cup, Woods admitted: "It's certainly not something that I have really enjoyed and I've really liked seeing.

"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.

"But my overall Ryder Cup record - not having won as a player since 1999 - is something that hopefully we can change."

For that to happen Woods will need the support of his fellow players as they seek to retain the trophy with a first victory in Europe since 1993 at The Belfry, three years before he turned professional.

The former world number one admits he took great delight in getting the better of some of his teammates, as well as key European rivals Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose, in Sunday's final round at East Lake.

"The younger guys were on their way in when I was on my way out," Woods added. "You know, they had never really played against me when I was playing well.

"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."