Woods will join Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk as vice-captains to Davis Love III at Hazeltine next year.


Tiger Woods named Ryder Cup vice-captain

Tiger Woods has been selected to be one of four American vice-captains for the 2016 Ryder Cup.

The 14-time major winner will join Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk as assistants to Davis Love III, who will be taking charge of the American team for the second time.

Woods is currently resting after having back surgery, but he said he is determined to help the team win the cup back at Hazeltine.

“I’d like to thank Davis for his confidence in me and for my selection as a Ryder Cup vice captain,” Woods said in a statement.

“I will continue to do whatever I can to help win the Cup back. Once I’m fully healthy, I’d like to try to make the team too, but either way, I’m very excited to work with Davis, the other vice captains and the players to get a U.S. victory.”

The American team were beaten under Love’s leadership at Medinah in 2012. Europe rallied after a slow start to win 14.5 to 13.5 with Jose Maria Olazabal at the helm.

Defeat at Gleneagles last year means they will be attempting to win the cup for the first time since 2008, when they triumped 16.5 to 11.5 at Valhalla.

Love, who was assisted by Mike Hulbert, Fred Couples, Jeff Sluman and Scott Verplank at Medinah, said his new vice-captains will be reporting back to him from events on Tour next year.

“To welcome four vice captains of this caliber is a giant first step toward preparing the 2016 team for success,” Love said.

“Tom, Jim, Steve and Tiger have over 50 years of combined Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup experiences that they are eager to share.

“They’ll also be my eyes and ears from event to event next year on Tour. That’s invaluable, and as captain I am grateful for their commitment, dedication and passion to win.”