As one of the most dominating players in the sport, it would come as a surprise to know that Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup is when he plays less than his best. After Fridays matches, Tiger’s Ryder Cup record stands at 13-16-2. Tiger lost both of his matches on Friday, and for the first time after 31 straight matches, Tiger was sat for the Saturday morning event.
The afternoon match for Tiger looked polar opposite to the morning, where Tiger misplayed shots, and his distance control was off with approach shots. The afternoon Tiger played like we expect him to, but was just upset by the Ryder Cup rookie Nicolas Colsaerts, who played the match of his life. After watching the season that Tiger just put together, three wins, and almost a third Fed Ex Cup Championship, we have to wonder what is it about the Ryder Cup Tiger can’t excel at. Is it the foursome matches? The two matches a day?
Maybe it’s the timing of the event. After the month and a half stretch from the PGA Championship through the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs, with only one week after between the third and final event of the season, players can get worn out. Add a quick turnaround for the Ryder Cup and it’s easy to see the Ryder Cup being at the end where players just look forward to some off time and relaxation.
Whatever the reason is, Tiger returns to the matches Saturday afternoon, with the USA leading the Ryder Cup, and the singles matches on Sunday, where Tiger has a 4-1-1 record in his career.