Woods may not play professional golf again

Sheri Evans
September 28, 2017

'I don't think we've got a lot of pressure because I think a lot of people are kind of writing us off already, and we're all solid players.

The match-up would be at the discretion of opposing captains Stricker and Nick Price, who go head-to-head in picking opponents for Sunday's singles at the conclusion of Saturday's play. I take the blame for that. In 2014, Reed was the only American to go undefeated against his European competition in Scotland and helped carry the American team to victory previous year with a 3-1-1 record at Hazeltine that included a victory over Rory McIlroy.

For us, it's starting to have a little Presidents Cup family.

The American players have an average world ranking of 15.5, compared to 31.5 for the Internationals, a team comprising players from outside Europe and the U.S. Then, basically, just as I said, just keeping waiting for what my surgeon says. "I was very invested in that with Nick and the assistants, and to be so close was very hard".

"I let the team down two years ago in Korea", Day said. No one is more familiar with the frustrations the Internationals have faced in the biennial match play tournament. I didn't play good.

Spieth pushed his fellow 24-year-old all the way this year, picking up three victories of his own including his third major at the Open, but he came second to his close friend in the race for the bumper FedEx Cup jackpot in Atlanta.

The International team, an eclectic mix of players, has only two ranked in the top 10, Japanese No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama and Australian No. 7 Jason Day.

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But it's possible some or all of the players will still be warming up at the practice facilities at the time. "I had Vijay once (2000), I had Greg in Australia (1998), I had Ernie in South Africa (2003)", Woods said.

Players such as FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas, world No 1 Dustin Johnson, Open champion Jordan Spieth and US Open victor Brooks Koepka will be among the Americans' star-studded line-up, and Nicklaus feels the competition is rapidly growing in stature.

"I've been out of the game for a while, " he said.

Woods had back surgery in April and he added that earlier this year he was not sure he would even be able to fulfil his Presidents Cup duties this weekend. "Korea was a big turning point, but we went there optimistic, felt like things were in a good place".

Earlier this year he was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle by police and shocking dashcam footage showed him barely able to walk and slurring his words.

"For them to lift me up, too, and make me feel young again is important".

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