Ahead of His Imminent Comeback, Tiger Woods Continues to Be Severely Haunted by His Loathsome Ryder Cup Legacy

Published 09/29/2023, 8:52 AM EDT

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It would be hard to dispute the fact that every golfer aims to take part in the Ryder Cup at least once in their lives. The same has been the case with even Tiger Woods, one of the greatest players to ever play the game. Although his future appearance at the biennial tournament seems bleak, it has nevertheless been an important part of his career.

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But even the GOAT of the sport has not had the best of experiences when it comes to the tournament. Moreover, his hiatus does not help in any regard to the legacy that the golfer has left behind in the clash of the titans—nothing short of a loathsome one at that!

Tiger Woods and his Ryder Cup legacy

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After turning professional in 1995, Woods has managed to mark his name among the best in the game through his many accolades, consisting of 82 PGA Tour victories, including 15 major wins. But the American has not experienced the best Ryder Cup appearances over his pro career spanning more than two decades.

The legend has appeared in the biennial tournament a total of eight times, out of which the team has only managed to clinch a win once in 1999. The rest of the nine matches held in the years 1997, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2018 saw Europe emerge victorious against the American squad.

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Although Woods boasts a huge number of achievements on the course, he has found it hard to replicate the same during the prestigious event. The professional competed in a total of 37 matches, out of which he has won 13, lost 21, including a defeat against Jon Rahm during the day three singles in 2018 at Le Golf National at 2 and 1, and halved three of them. If one is to break it down, he has registered figures of 4-2-2, 4-9-1, and 5-10-0 in the singles, foursomes, and four-balls, respectively (W-L-H).

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The 82X PGA Tour winner lost out on this year’s tournament owing to an ankle surgery that came as a result of the accident he suffered in 2021. The injuries that the golfer received forced him to take a break from the sport, with rumors of his comeback at the Hero World Challenge in the coming months. Nevertheless, his American counterparts on the current Ryder Cup team have not forgotten the professional amidst the tension.

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The US skipper, Zach Johnson, was very vocal in his admiration for the legend of the game, as he mentioned how the team would be keen on using the golfer’s wisdom during the Ryder Cup. In an interview ahead of the tournament, the captain mentioned how the 15X major winner is “very much a part of Team USA and has been for years,” all the while pointing out how Woods is in the loop regarding their plans.

Moreover, Johnson revealed that the GOAT had wanted to be with the team physically, but his injuries forced him otherwise. Nevertheless, he made sure to let the world know how important the figure of Tiger Woods is for the American squad and the nation as a whole.

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When do you think he will be able to make a comeback to the sport? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Allan Abe

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Allan Abe is a fresh golf writer at EssentiallySports. Tiger Woods was the golfer who inspired him into the sport, and he lives by what the legend once said, "No matter how good your get, you can always get better." Allan extends his love for golf by indulging in a little gaming in his free time, with PGA Tour 2K21 being his go to.
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