CHASKA, Minn. — For a moment, Tiger Woods forgot he wasn’t actually playing in the Ryder Cup.
Woods, a vice captain for the American squad, tried to crash the players-only team photo and had to be removed from the shot on Tuesday morning at Hazeltine.
Woods has played on seven Ryder Cup teams and eight Presidents Cup teams, so he’s familiar with the whole pre-tournament team photo drill. All the team members gather together in their matching garb, line up like they are a sixth grade class and say cheese. All 18 – yes, 18 – members of the U.S. team gathered for a group photo, then captain Davis Love and vice captains Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson and Tom Lehman exited the shot. Tiger stayed. The photographer even told him to move out of the shot, and Woods responded by simply shifting from the back left to the back right. He thought he was back in the mix! “I forgot I wasn’t playing,” Woods joked afterwards.
Eventually, the photographer had to tell Woods a second time that this photo was for players only. He finally got the message and exited to a bunch of laughs from the squad. Tiger keeping things nice and light all week? Maybe he really has found his next great role.
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