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As Tiger Woods Adopts a Unique New Role at the Ryder Cup, Will His Legacy Reach New Peaks?

Published 09/28/2023, 8:51 AM EDT

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If there is one name that anyone who is slightly aware of golf knows, it is that of the golf legend, Tiger Woods. The golf world considers Woods the most significant, talented, and gifted player who has ever set foot on the course, and with his accolades and achievements, it is hard to argue. Tiger Woods’ career has indeed been a one-of-a-kind experience for him and even for his fans to spectate and experience alongside.

In the journey that has been nothing less than spectacular so far, Woods has taken on a few memorable roles apart from being a professional golfer, such as being a father, caddying for his beloved son, and being a player director on the PGA Board. Recently, he took on one more role, which is certainly quite unique, and it may just help him take his legacy to new heights.

Tiger Woods takes on a new and exciting role in his career 

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Ever since his near-fatal accident back in 2021, Woods’ professional career has been a bit slow. Facing the repercussions of that unfavorable night, the 15-time major champion has not been able to play much in the 2023 season. He participated in this year’s Masters but unfortunately had to withdraw due to unforeseeable health concerns. Later on, he underwent ankle surgery in April to help with his pain.

Ever since April, he has been absent from professional golf tournaments, even major ones. But his absence from the course does not necessarily mean that he has been absent from the golf world as well. Golf is something that is very close to the legend’s heart, and all he wishes for the sport is to grow to new heights.

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During his rest period, there have been a few sightings of him on the course, swinging his clubs, and also caddying for his son Charlie Woods. Not only for his son, but Woods has been a mentor for other PGA Tour pros, such as Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. But to make his mentor role more official, Tiger Woods is going to be there with Team America for the 2023 Ryder Cup in spirit at Marco Simone.

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Zach Johnson, the US skipper, shared that he is really glad and thankful that the 5X Masters Champion is American and that he will be able to use Woods’ wisdom at the 44th Ryder Cup. Johnson shared that because of his hectic schedule, Woods will not be joining the team, but he will be the 13th man on the team, as they will all lean on him for advice.

Team USA is looking forward to beating the odds after 30 years, as it has been this long since they have won the Ryder Cup on European soil. In order to create history, the American team will require all the advice and wisdom from someone as highly decorated as Tiger Woods. The question that now arises after the golf legend takes on the role is: Will this help his legacy reach new heights?

Woods, being the USA’s 13th man, might just put him on a pedestal higher than before 

Woods is someone you can call a Ryder Cup legend. The golfer has appeared in eight Ryder Cups so far, and his last participation was back in 2018. He has competed in 37 games in the biennial tournament, and his record in singles is 4-2-2.

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Team America has a lot riding on the 44th edition of the prestigious Ryder Cup. There are a few challenges that this particular American squad has to overcome, especially, for instance, getting JT back in form and reviving the US team’s winning streak on European soil after three decades. If Team America is able to do so with Tiger Woods by its side, the harmonious and unison cheers amongst the fans for the golf Hall of Famer will increase manifolds.

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Team USA’s victory under Tiger Woods’ mentorship would just be like adding yet another feat to already a pretty much decorated hat. The golfing legend has many records under his name that are spread under the branches of collegiate-level golf and professional-grade golf. All of the playing and non-playing members of the American squad will put Woods on a high pedestal if his wisdom, tricks, mentorship, advice, and association help the team keep the Ryder Cup in America.

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Tune in to find out how things unravel at the 44th edition of the Ryder Cup and if we get to see glimpses of Tiger Woods’ expertise and experience in the playing 12.

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Written by:

Riya Singhal

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Sheldon Pereira

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