United States Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker made his picks for the final six members of the American team on Wednesday. Although the focus remained on those that would be playing in this year’s event, he did speak briefly about a golfer that’s been a staple at the Ryder Cup for the last two decades: Tiger Woods.
Woods has played in eight of the international competitions and has also served as a captain’s assistant when he hasn’t made the team. As one of the biggest names in American golf, it’s still difficult to picture the Ryder Cup taking place without him involved in some capacity.
Woods won’t be able to be on hand at Whistling Straits in just over two weeks, as he continues to recover from his serious car accident earlier this year. However, Stricker did provide a positive and significant update on his recovery in a recent interview.
“I’ve talked to Tiger a lot. He’s a part of this Ryder Cup family, he won’t be able to be a captain’s assistant this time around just because of his ongoing rehabilitation to try to get better and try to play golf again and that is going well,” Stricker said, via SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. “He’s progressing, he’s doing well, things are moving in the right direction.”
"He's a part of this Ryder Cup family"
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Very little information has come out about Woods’ recovery from the accident, so Stricker’s comments turned some heads. The Ryder Cup captain seems to be implying that that the 15-time major champ is trying to play golf again and that he’s making progress in that pursuit.
Immediately after the car accident, Woods’ future in golf was far from the focus. He suffered fractures in both his tibia and his fibula and was expected to have a long road to recovery. Earlier this year, the 45-year-old shared that the rehab process “has been an entirely different animal and more painful than anything I have ever experienced.”
Woods still has a long way to go before he find himself back on a golf course, but Stricker’s latest update gives golf fans a reason to be optimistic. We might’ve not seen the last of Tiger just yet.