United States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson knows that he needs Tiger Woods on board if his team is to overcome last year’s devastating collapse and take home a victory in 2014. He plans on sitting down with each member of the team individually, but his conversation with Woods could be quite different. Watson and Woods will likely spend some time clearing the air, considering Watson was very outspoken about Woods after his scandal-ridden 2009.
“I haven’t really sat down with Tiger,” Watson said. “I had dinner with him at the U.S. Open this year but we only had a normal discussion as there were other people around. I haven’t sat with Tiger privately and I will have a sit-down conversation with him. I will need to do that with everybody.” Watson knows that Woods will be an integral part of next year’s team, and he wants to ensure that Tiger is focused when the time comes.
Woods’ 13 – 17 – 3 record in the biennial event is baffling. He is unquestionably one of the greatest golfers of all time, so you would think that his performance in head-to-head competition would be stellar. In reality, it’s been anything but that. It would be a huge boost for the United States team if Woods were to come out at Gleneagles next year and assert his dominance. If he were able to do that it 2012, the outcome would have likely been markedly different.
The United States will be attempting to capture their first Ryder Cup victory on foreign soil since 1993, and they’ll need all hands on deck in order to take down a talented European side.