Tiger Woods left frustrated after fourballs loss
Tiger Woods admitted he was very disappointed to have lost his opening match of the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National.
Making his first Ryder Cup appearance since 2012 just days after his first victory since 2013, Woods and partner Patrick Reed suffered a 3&1 loss to surprise package Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood.
That was Team USA’s only loss of the morning session, and earned Woods a spot on the bench for the afternoon – though his absence hardly improved things for the Americans, who would go on to lose all four foursomes matches with Tiger looking on in the afternoon.
Woods and Reed held a two-hole lead with eight holes to play after three birdies in a four-hole stretch, but were powerless to prevent their opponents from hitting back and taking the contest on the back nine.
A much needed birdie for #TeamEurope 👏🏻
Fleetwood & Molinari go 1 UP on Reed & Woods! pic.twitter.com/XSBUCAdjPN
— Ryder Cup Europe (@RyderCupEurope) September 28, 2018
“It’s disappointing and frustrating for Pat [Patrick Reed] and I to not contribute to the team,” Woods said after his round.
“When you lose a point, you feel like you’re contributed but you’re contributing to the wrong team. They got the points instead of us. Wish we could have done a better job, especially being two up.
“It would have been a different story if we were down the entire match, but we were down early, flipped it, got up, and we felt like we should have won the match.”
Woods was adamant, however, that he doesn’t need to make any changes to his game ahead of the weekend.
“I’m not going to work on anything,” he said. “My game is fine. My cut really wasn’t cutting off the tee today. I was hammering it and the ball was going far.
“It was going straight, but it was not cutting. I can accept that, that’s really no big deal. My putting feels solid and I’ll be ready come tomorrow, whenever captain [Jim Furyk] puts me out.”
LIV Golf players will not receive world ranking points in next two events – OWGR
The Saudi-funded breakaway claimed on Wednesday that a new strategic alliance with the MENA Tour “would immediately qualify LIV Golf for OWGR points”.
Jon Rahm aims for third Spanish Open title to emulate the late Seve Ballesteros
Ballesteros won his national open in 1981, 1985 and 1995.
Luke Donald expects Europe to be Ryder Cup underdogs despite home dominance
The United States cruised to a record 19-9 victory at Whistling Straits in 2021.
England’s Charley Hull triumphs in Texas to end six-year wait for LPGA title
The victory was the 26-year-old’s first on the LPGA Tour since prevailing at the CME Group Tour Championship in November 2016.
Ryan Fox remembers Shane Warne after St Andrews success
The New Zealander secured his third DP World Tour title in front of his family with a one-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Romain Langasque equals course record to lead Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The Frenchman recovered from an early bogey with two eagles and eight birdies to reach 11 under par.
Rory McIlroy bemoans ‘ugly year’ and seeks solution to divide in golf world
The arrival of Saudi-backed LIV Golf series has fractured the game in 2022.
On this day in 2014 – Europe retain Ryder Cup with Gleneagles victory
The Gleneagles victory was Europe’s eighth win in 10 matches.
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.