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Saturday 16 December 2017

Ryder Cup 2010: Tiger Woods left without a WAG as Americans arrive

Step one: as the American 'WAGs' joined their partners, Tiger Woods was left alone. Photo: Reuters
Step one: as the American 'WAGs' joined their partners, Tiger Woods was left alone. Photo: Reuters
Colin Montgomerie welcomes Tigers Woods as the USA team arrives at Cardiff Airport prior to the start of the 2010 Ryder Cup. Photo: Getty Images

Mike Norrish

Tiger Woods had his first taste of the awkward social situations he will face at the Ryder Cup when the American team touched down in Cardiff this morning.

Despite being welcomed by European captain Colin Montgomerie and hailed as the "best player that has ever played the game", the team's arrival at the airport offered an immediate reminder of why the dynamics of Ryder Cup week will be so difficult for Woods.

Wearing dark sunglasses despite the gloom, Woods followed captain Corey Pavin down the steps of the American team plane.

After posing for pictures, Pavin's men were joined by their wives and girlfriends for more photographs.

But as the women filed down the stairs to accompany their partners, Woods – recently divorced from former wife Elin – was left with a step to himself.

Cameras will be focused on Woods throughout the rest of the week as well, and Montgomerie admits the forthcoming event will place significant strain on the American.

"I've always said that Tiger is the best player in the world, and in my opinion the best player that has ever played the game," said the European captain.

"I am delighted to see Tiger here. We welcome him with open arms. It is the first time he will have played golf in Wales as a professional, and we just look forward to seeing him play.

"A lot has been written about Tiger's performances in the Ryder Cup. It's just that it is poorer than of course his individual record, which is extreme.

"We look forward to seeing how Tiger is going to be playing and who he is going to be playing with, and seeing how we can counteract that, I suppose. It's great that he is part of the team, and I congratulate Corey on his selection."

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