Tiger Woods takes blame for USA Ryder Cup losses
Tiger Woods took the blame for the United States Ryder Cup teams losing six of the last eight matches during today’s press conference at Medinah Country Club.
Woods is 13-14-2 in Ryder Cup play and played for the winning USA team in 1999, but lamented his own mediocre record in the team event.
“Certainly I am responsible for that, because I didn’t earn the points that I was put out there for,” said Woods, who is 13-14-2 in the Ryder Cup. “I believe I was out there, what, in five sessions each time, and I didn’t go 5-0 on our side. So I certainly am a part of that, and that’s part of being a team. I needed to go get my points for my team, and I didn’t do that.
“Hopefully I can do that this week, and hopefully the other guys can do the same and we can get this thing rolling.”
Woods missed out on the last USA win in 2008 while rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee.
USA captain Davis Love III and Woods, who were 2-1 as Ryder Cup partners said Woods shouldn’t bear the blame for USA losses.
“You look at a lot of our great players, and they don’t have great Ryder Cup records. I think if you’re .500 in the Ryder Cup, you’re pretty dang good. If you’re above .500 like Seve (Ballesteros) and Jose (Maria Olazabal), you’ve had an incredible run in the Ryder Cups,” Love said. “It’s tough to win, first of all. I kind of throw the Jim Furyk or the Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods record of wins and losses out. There’s a reason why these guys keep making teams, and I don’t look a whole lot at the record.
“… Tiger has played a lot of times and he’s ended up with a lot of partners. And he can play great and the partner might not. I know I messed Tiger up a couple times, so I’m part of his problem.”