Before Ryder Cup play began, Tiger Woods took responsibility for the United States team’s failures over the years against Europe. After play ended with another American disappointment last week, Woods took it a step further, apologizing to several teammates for his 0-3-1 showing.
“I had an opportunity to earn three points in team sessions and didn’t do that,” Woods said Monday during a press conference preceding the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, which begins today. “My point [in the singles] didn’t matter when all was said and done. Steve Stricker and I were sent out to win points and we didn’t do it. That was frustrating.
“It has been difficult, there is no doubt. We held a great lead and couldn’t manage to win from a perfect position going into Sunday. That was tough. Some guys were pretty bummed out by what happened. We had guys out early on Sunday to get points and that didn’t happen. It was then left to us at the back, but it came down to the situation where my point didn’t matter. It was a tough situation, no doubt.”
After the U.S. wasted a 10-6 lead and lost 14 1/2-13 1/2, Woods said he made his apology to U.S. rookies Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley. Overall in Ryder Cup play, Woods is 13-17-3, with the Americans winning just once in Woods’s seven appearances. Woods said that this year’s disappointment wasn’t for lack of a passion for the international event.
“That’s because you weren’t in the team room. You weren’t on the team,” Woods said. “It has been the same since I first played in 1997. That hasn’t changed. We have always been a great team unit. No loss feels good, whether that is in a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup.”