Tiger Woods needed more rest to be at his best for his country.
The golf superstar blamed his Ryder Cup 2018 struggles on fatigue and lack of training Tuesday during a Q&A session at Pebble Beach Links. Woods went 0-4 in the United States’ lopsided Ryder Cup loss to Europe and he believes comeback season took a toll on his body and is responsible for his poor record last month in France.
“It was just a cumulative effect of the entire season,” Woods said, per CBS’ Kyle Porter. “I was tired because I hadn’t trained for it. I hadn’t trained this entire comeback to play this much golf, and on top of that, deal with the heat and the fatigue and the loss of weight.”
Woods ended his six-year absence from the Ryder Cup in 2018. After basking in the fans’ warm greeting at Le Golf National, Woods endured a tournament to forget, as his career Ryder Cup record fell to 13-21-3.
Not only is he clear about what went wrong, he’s also certain about what he’d do differently if given the chance.
“I’d like to change that L to a W,” Woods said when asked how he’d approach a do-over. “That doesn’t feel very good, losing.”
Woods and his fellow American golfers must wait two years for the chance to put things right at the next Ryder Cup.
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