On the eve of the 2018 Ryder Cup, many expected that Tiger Woods would have a big impact on the U.S. team’s performance at Le Golf National. But few predicted the impact would be negative, and no one is more disappointed than Tiger himself.
With a loss on Sunday in his singles match, Woods finished off a shocking 0-4 record in his return to the U.S. Ryder Cup team. It was an abrupt fall from grace for the 42-year-old veteran, who just a week earlier triumphed at the Tour Championship to capture his first victory in over five years.
The dejected look on Tiger’s face at the Americans’ Sunday night press conference told the whole story. He was visibly frustrated, and he acknowledged to reporters that the frustration was directed at himself.
“Well, it’s disappointing because I went 0-4, and that’s four points to the European Team. And I’m one of the contributing factors to why we lost the Cup, and it’s not a lot of fun.”
Woods then noted that the high expectations he had for himself after his recent stretch of strong play contributed to his disappointment.
“It’s frustrating because we came here, I thought we were all playing pretty well, and I just didn’t perform at the level that I had been playing, and just got behind early in the matches and never got back.”
He’ll have to wait two more years to avenge his losses in France, that is if he’s able to stay healthy and perform well enough to make the team. First, though, will be next year’s Presidents Cup, where Tiger will play the role of U.S. captain for the first time, and presumably play on the team as well.
Where we will see Tiger next is still undetermined, but it very well could be his made-for-TV match against Phil Mickelson in November.