Thursday 23 January 2020

Tiger turns his gaze to 2022 Ryder Cup in Rome

Playing Captain Tiger Woods of the United States team speaks to the media as he celebrates after they defeated the International team 16-14 during Sunday Singles matches on day four of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course. Photo: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images
Playing Captain Tiger Woods of the United States team speaks to the media as he celebrates after they defeated the International team 16-14 during Sunday Singles matches on day four of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course. Photo: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

James Corrigan

Tiger Woods revealed there would be "conversations" with the US Ryder Cup committee about him taking over as captain for the 2022 match.

But as the tears rolled down his cheeks and, yes, the celebratory drinks poured down his throat after he captained the US to victory in the Presidents Cup in Melbourne yesterday morning, it was obvious he was looking no further than the victory party on their private jet home.

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Some might find it strange that Woods and his team were in such high spirits following their 16-14 win. After all, this was their eighth successive triumph in the event and, with an average world ranking of 12.16 compared to the 40.75 of their opponents, this was no more than expected.

Forced

Yet Woods's men were forced to come back from a 10-8 deficit going into the final day and did so courtesy of winning eight of the 12 singles matches. Woods, the first playing captain in 25 years, put himself out first and gave Abraham Ancer the latest lesson of "careful what you wish for".

The Mexican had signalled his wish to face Woods, but inevitably went the same way as past Tiger baiters in Stephen Ames, Vijay Singh and Rory Sabbatini, going down 3&2.

"Abe wanted it - he got it," Woods said, acknowledging his own feat in being the only player on either team to win all of his matches.

"I've cried in pretty much every cup we've won," Woods said. "Any time you have moments where you're able to do something that is bigger than us as an individual is so much more meaningful and so much more special.

"We are going to enjoy this moment." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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