Friday marks the first time that Tiger Woods will participate in the Ryder Cup in six years. He is paired with Patrick Reed, who is a strong competitor. On Friday they will go up against England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Italian Francesco Molinari. They will be one of 8 matches on Friday, followed by 8 on Saturday. On Sunday, there will be 12 singles matches.
Tiger Woods is coming in hot off of his win at the Tour Championship on Sunday. The win was the end of a long five-year drought of PGA Tour wins. Injuries and problems outside of golf clouded his ability to perform. Prior to his issues over the past few years, Woods was obviously one of the greatest golfers of all time. He holds 14 professional major golf championships and on Sunday he procured his 80th PGA tour event win. He noted to media outlets that this was a special occasion since he had been standing at 79 wins for a while now.
There is some doubt lingering towards the decision that U.S. captain Jim Furyk made to pair Woods and Reed, because that means that Reed cannot pair up with Jordan Spieth. The two have teamed up to have an 8-1-3 record from the Ryder Cups and President Cups. There was a lot of speculation around a possible Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods pairing.
Here’s what Woods’ had to say about the announcement of his pairing with Reed, per ESPN.
“It’s going to be fun for both of us…We’ve been looking forward to teaming up and doing something like this together. We finally have our opportunity to go against two great competitors. One is the Open champion, and Tommy’s obviously played extremely well and consistently all year.”
The last Ryder Cup win was held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. This year’s cup will take place in Le Golf National in Paris, France. The American team has not won a victory on foreign territory in 25 years. The 28 match course will be a tough one for the U.S. Team, but experts are suggesting the U.S. will take the cup. Even with the hot streaks that many of the American competitors are on, who knows what may be in store. Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, Bubba Watson, and Phil Mickelson are taking off from the beginning session.
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