Tiger Woods will not be one of Steve Stricker‘s assistants at the Ryder Cup, but the American captain, who was in contact with the golfer, gave the most optimistic update since Woods was involved in a serious car accident on February 23.
In a conversation with SiriusXM Radio after making his six choices for the American team that will play against Europe by September 24, Stricker suggested for the first time that the 15-time grand champion could try to play golf again.
“I talked to Tiger a lot,” Stricker said in an interview on Whistling Straits with former PGA Tour players. Carl Paulson and Dennis Paulson. ‘He’s part of this Ryder Cup family; he can not be a captain’s assistant this time, just because of his ongoing rehabilitation to get better and try to play golf again, and it’s going well. , he’s doing well, things are moving in the right direction. “
Last week, Stricker told ESPN that Woods would not be serving as vice-captain at Whistling Straits. “He can not be there at the moment. He is progressing well, but Whistling Straits is a difficult place to get over. He has already helped and will continue.”
Woods sustained significant injuries, including broken bones in his right leg and multiple injuries to his right ankle and foot, during the accident in Southern California. Neither Woods nor his agent, Mark Steinberg, has delivered an official word on his progress in months, apart from a photo Woods posted of him on crutches in his backyard on social media. It was the end of April. Steinberg could not be reached Wednesday.
Woods, who played 3-0 as captain for the United States during the 2019 Presidential Cup, last played at the Father-Son event with his son, Charlie, in December. His last official tournament was the 2020 Masters in November.
He underwent a fourth back procedure at the end of December and was rehabilitated in February when the accident occurred while on his way to a documentary recording at a golf course.
Woods was driving at high speed when his car crossed a median and eventually overturned in a lawn. He was in the hospital for almost a month.
In recent years, Woods has been very interested in being a part of the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. He assisted Stricker during the 2017 Presidential Cup and was an assistant to Davis Love III at the Ryder Cup 2016, both U.S. victories. He won 0-4 in 2018 in his last Ryder Cup appearance.