Ryder Cup 2020: Tiger Woods Is Doing Wonders for the U.S. Team Despite Injury Woes

Published 09/25/2021, 1:43 AM EDT
ST LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 11: Tiger Woods of the United States stands on the 15th hole during the third round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 11, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)


The Ryder Cup 2020 is underway and Team U.S. has got off to a dream start. The squad looks unbeatable and the camaraderie is taking over Whistling Straits at the moment. All of it seems picture-perfect, the team, vice-captains, and the captain, but there is one man who is dearly missed at the Ryder Cup this year – Tiger Woods. 

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Woods is not at Whistling Straits as a member of the American team as he’s currently recovering from a single-car crash he suffered in February. The accident left him severely injured and forced him to sit out Ryder Cup 2020. 

However, Tiger Woods is still an important member of the U.S. team despite missing all the action at Whistling Straits. He remains in touch with the captain and the team, playing an integral part in their success. 

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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 23: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts during the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods sent a motivational message to Team U.S. the night before the Ryder Cup 

The American team has lost its reputation as Ryder Cup dominators over the last few editions. Team Europe has massively stepped up its game and has come to Whistling Straits as defending champions. Hence, there’s massive pressure on the U.S. to get back to winning ways. 

While Steve Stricker has assembled the best team he possibly could, he could not have Tiger Woods on board owing to his recovery timeline. However, the 15-time major champion is devoting most of his time trying to send bits of advice to the U.S. team, and Xander Schauffele recently revealed some of it: 

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“We’re all square, keep pushing,” Schauffele said Friday. “We got a nice message from Tiger last night, obviously we’re not gonna reveal what it said, but Pat and I knew we referred to it a few times today and we knew what we needed to do.”

Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 24, 2021 Team USA’s Dustin Johnson celebrates with Team USA’s Xander Schauffele on the 17th green after winning the match during the Four-balls REUTERS/Mike Segar

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While Schauffele didn’t mention what Woods said, we clearly know that he has motivated the team to go out and get the results. After Day 1, the odds are majorly tilting in the favor of the home team owing to their strong start.

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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