New York - Tiger Woods, a 14-time major winner and seven-time member of the US
Ryder Cup team, will be among America's 2016 vice-captains, US captain
Davis Love said on Wednesday.
On the eve of the PGA Tour's RSM Classic hosted by Love, he announced
that Woods, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk would join Tom Lehman as
vice-captains on the US squad that tries to reclaim the trophy from
Next year's Ryder Cup will be played September 30-October 2 at
Hazeltine in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Americans lead the
all-time rivalry 25-13 with two drawn but the Europeans have won three
in a row, six of the past seven and eight of the past 10.
Woods, who turns 40 next month, is coming off two back operations and
has not announced a time-table for his return to competition, but he
also said he has not ruled out making the team as a player, a difficult
feat given his injuries and struggles of late.
"I would like to thank Davis (Love) for his confidence in me and for
my selection as a Ryder Cup vice-captain. This is something I want to
do," Woods said.
"I'll continue to do whatever I can to help win the Cup back. Once I'm fully healthy, I would like to try to make the team too."
If Woods plays his way onto the team or receives a captain's pick,
Love would have the option to name a replacement as vice-captain.
Stricker and Furyk joined Love as three of the assistants to Jay Haas
on the triumphant US Presidents Cup team in South Korea last month.
"To welcome four vice-captains of this caliber is a giant first step
towards preparing the 2016 team for success," Love said. "I am grateful
for their commitment, dedication and passion to win."
Furyk, 45, won the 2003 US Open and has played in the past nine Ryder
Cups, second to Phil Mickelson's 10 appearances in US Ryder Cup
"The Ryder Cup is in my DNA and I love everything about this event,
the enormity of the stage, the passion, the competition, and the
pressure," Furyk said. "I look forward to being part of the team as we
strive to win back the Ryder Cup on US soil."
Stricker was a vice-captain under Tom Watson is a US loss last year
at Gleneagles, Scotland. He was a member of the US task force assembled
after that defeat to try and revamp the American Ryder Cup effort.
"We learned a great deal from the Ryder Cup Task Force meetings and
we are optimistic about our plans for 2016 and beyond," Stricker said.