Tiger Woods Ryder Cup Record: All You Need to Know About His Debut, Wins, and Total Appearances

Published 09/20/2021, 3:45 PM EDT


Tiger Woods is undeniably one of the best golfers of all time. 15 major titles, 109 professional wins, 82 PGA Tour wins and innumerable records are in his name.

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Tiger Woods of USA plays out of rough by the 3rd fairway in his morning four ball match with Patrick Reed versus Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari of Europe during day two of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National near Versailles on September 29th 2018 in France (Photo by Tom Jenkins)

However, when you think of the Ryder Cup, Woods is not the first name that pops into your head. You might think of Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Jack Nicklaus, or even Patrick Reed. However, Woods’ domination has not expanded to this list. Let’s take a look at his Ryder Cup record.

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Tiger Woods – an impressive eight Ryder Cup appearances

Tiger Woods has appeared in a total of eight Ryder Cup tournaments spanning 21 years. This massive number is T-3 for the most appearances by an American with Phil Mickelson taking the first spot after playing in a whopping 12 editions.

Despite playing in eight editions, Woods has contributed to only one victory, in 1999. His overall record at the cup is 13-21-3, which is not very impressive considering his domination during those years. His best play was at Celtic Manor Resort in 2010, where he had three wins and one loss. On the contrary, his worst performance was at his latest appearance in 2018, where he suffered four straight losses.

Woods’ inability to deliver at the Ryder Cup

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Woods first played at the biennial cup in 1997, a year after turning professional. Thereafter, he competed in four consecutive Ryder Cup tournaments and missed out on the 2008 Cup due to a knee injury. He came back in 2010 and 2012, still unable to deliver at the team event.

07 JUN 2009: Tiger Woods on the 11th tee during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Woods would go on to win the Memorial Tournament, finishing -12, one stroke better than Jim Furyk (Photo by Andy Altenburger/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Tiger Woods last played the Ryder Cup in 2018, where he admitted that he significantly contributed to the USA’s crushing 17½ to 10½ defeat. He said, “I’m one of the contributing factors to why we lost the Cup, and it’s not a lot of fun.”

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However, he still may return to the cup as a non-playing member. As of now, Woods is recovering from a terrible car accident that he suffered in February 2021. It will be interesting to see if Tiger Woods can play one more Ryder Cup before his retirement.

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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