Tiger rules out Ryder Cup captain’s role for now
The fire to compete still burns strongly in Tiger Woods’ belly.
And if you needed any confirmation of that fact, aside from his stellar return in The Bahamas at last weekend’s hero Challenge, than Tiger has more or less confirmed it.
The former world No 1 has ruled out accepting a role as the US Ryder Cup captain in the near future because he would prefer to wait until his career is drawing to a close.
Make no mistake about it, Tiger wants to captain the US, one day.
“I would love to be honoured by being selected as a Ryder Cup captain but I know it won’t be for a while as in 2018 I am targeting being a playing assistant captain,” Woods explained to the media present at last weekend’s Hero Challenge in the Bahamas.
“I was hoping for that role this year but it didn’t quite work out that way.
“So yes, ultimately I would love to become a Ryder Cup captain but I am conscious of the one piece of advice I have gotten from every captain I have spoken to, and that’s don’t become captain until your career is almost done – or is done.
“It’s two years of sacrifice of your life and you have so many obligations and that takes away from you competing and your game is certain to take a dip.
“We will just have to wait and see as I don’t know what my back is going to be doing. But would I like to play a full schedule for the next decade plus? Yes, I would as that would be great.
“Can I? I don’t know, we’ll see. The thing is that this is fun for me to do.”
“I miss the camaraderie and what some still don’t understand is that I love to compete, I love to play against these guys and I love being out here.”
If Tiger can stay fit and healthy he might be available to lead a USA team at the earliest in Rome in 2022, when he would be 46-years-old.
More likely he might aim for 2024 when the Cup will be played at Bethpage Black in New York, when he would be 48.