Woods must be a lock for 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy
Seeing Tiger Woods enthusiastically interact with his Presidents Cup captain, Steve Stricker and fellow USA vice-captains in front of the assembled media at the selection of the opening foursome matches was a side of the 14-time Major winner we have not seen before.
Usually, as is very much the case with both Ryder Cup sides, everything such as pairings and singles teeing-off order is done behind closed doors.
However, the manner in which Woods was involved working with Stricker, Fred Couples, Jim Furyk and Dave Love III was riveting and afterwards had many commenting how involved Tiger was in the selection process.
So much so, if the PGA of America was to announce a USA Captain for 2020 at Whistling Straits it would have to be Woods.
The ‘electricity’ Woods brought to Hazeltine as one of Love’s deputies was amazing and we have seen already at Liberty National the reaction from the 12-man USA team when Woods is in their presence.
Of course, Furyk is learning all he can this week under Stricker’s leadership ahead of travelling to Paris in a year’s time to try and retain the Ryder Cup at Golf Le National.
I would not be at all surprised if Furyk adds Woods to his ‘backroom’ team ahead of the 14-time major champion taking over from Furyk in 2020.
”I’m here this week in a different role not as a player, and trying to help the other assistants and the other players, and of course, our captain,” he said.
“It has been a lot of fun. I had a great time last year at the Ryder Cup and I’m having a blast this year. It is a great group of guys and again, all our captains have been together before and it is just really a fun time.”
And PGA of America President, Paul Levy, who will sit on the selection panel for a replacement to Furyk, would seem to agree with Woods’ credentials.
“Tiger’s been a vice-captain, so he’s in that role,” said Levy during a visit to Scotland to take part in Carnoustie Golf Club’s 175th anniversary celebrations.
“We want to feed him and others through the system. The fact that Tiger didn’t overshadow the event wasn’t the case at Hazeltine, was it?”
“He’ll be a great captain one day. I mean, he’s Tiger Woods. Both him and Phil (Mickelson) will be in the mix in the next few years. Tiger is right in there.”