Tiger Woods is ‘pumped up’ about the Ryder Cup after receiving a message from Team USA following a house visit.
Tiger Woods seemed to be pumped up for the Ryder Cup this year.
Tiger Woods is cheering on the USA’s Ryder Cup squad from his couch, according to Xander Schauffele, who even fist-bumps in front of the TV. Woods was a member of the United States’ Ryder Cup team in 2018, which was defeated by Europe by seven points.
The 15-time Major champion will be absent from Wisconsin this weekend as he recovers from leg injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.
The impact of Woods’ message is still being felt on the golf course, as Schauffele keeps it in the forefront of his thoughts.
“Tiger sent us a great message last night,” Schauffele added. “I’m not going to say what it stated, but Pat and I were aware of it, and we discussed it several times today. We knew exactly what we had to accomplish.
“From the couch, we could tell he was fist-pumping. He’s as fired up as any back home, crutches or no crutches, so it’s good to have his support.” In the morning foursomes on Friday, Schauffele got the hosts off to a good start.
Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter were defeated five and three by them and their partner Patrick Cantlay.
Woods was not the only one who drew inspiration from him; Cantlay also revealed that he paid a visit to the legend’s residence.
“I visited him at home last week and just picked his brain on the Ryder Cup and used some of that here today,” he said.
Steve Stricker, the captain of the United States, explained how Woods is a member of his team even when he is not present.
“He’s obviously been in my ear a lot,” Stricker said, “and I call him very regularly.”
“He’s a member of our Ryder Cup squad.” He’s an important component of what we do.
“I just don’t believe it’s a good time for him to be here physically because of where he is in his rehabilitation and (Whistling Straits is a) difficult course to walk.”
“Everyone will see it; it’s challenging from tee to green.” As a result, I’m not likely to turn up.
“But he’s improving, and his and my concentration is on making a comeback to play again.”
“We don’t want to go in the way of that because we all want to see him play again.”