Saturday at the Ryder Cup will go down as one to forget for Tiger Woods.
To be fair, it wasn’t all his fault. The 14-time major champ is coming off a long stretch of golf capped with an emotionally-draining win last week — only to draw the hottest partnership in golf three consecutive times.
It really would’ve taken an almighty task to overhaul Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari in this kind of form. Tiger admitted as much himself after his third loss to the pair:
“The three matches we played, they never missed a putt inside ten, 12 feet. That’s hard to do. Playing against a team like that, that’s putting that well, you’re going to have to make a lot of birdies, and we didn’t.”
“Everything feels pretty good. Just pretty pissed off, the fact that I lost three matches, and didn’t feel like I played poorly. That’s the frustrating thing about match play. We can play well and nothing can happen.
“We ran against two guys that were both playing well and when one was out of the hole, especially in best-ball, the other one made birdie and vice versa. They did that a lot to us. At one point, they made, what, six out of eight birdies on the back nine, and only one person was in the hole at a time. That’s the nature of match play.”
An honest and frankly, spot-on analysis of what happened. But that won’t make Tiger’s updated Ryder Cup record any easier to read. Some notable stats:
- Tiger’s career Ryder Cup record now drops to 13-20-3 (36% win percentage)
- Tiger’s team record is an abysmal 9-19-1 (31% win percentage)
- Tiger’s loss alongside Bryson DeChambeau on Sunday afternoon marks his seventh-consecutive foursomes loss, per Golf Channel’s Justin Ray.