Tiger Woods Blames Poor Ryder Cup On Fatigue

Woods lost all four of his matches at Le Golf National as the USA side went down 17.5 - 10.5 at the hands of Europe

Tiger Woods Blames Poor Ryder Cup On Fatigue

Woods lost all four of his matches at Le Golf National as the USA side went down 17.5 - 10.5 at the hands of Europe

Tiger Woods Blames Poor Ryder Cup On Fatigue

Tiger Woods has had his say on his poor showing at the Ryder Cup where he lost all four of his games.

Woods puts his performance down to fatigue after a long season where he returned from a fourth back surgery.

The 14-time major winner had won his 80th PGA Tour title the previous week at the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup was his fifth tournament in six weeks having played in all four FedEx Cup Playoff events.

Speaking at his annual charity golf event at Pebble Beach, Woods explained his pointless Ryder Cup.

“It was just a cumulative effect of the entire season," he said.

“I was tired because I hadn’t trained for it. I hadn’t trained this entire comeback to play this much golf and on top of that deal with the heat and the fatigue and the loss of weight.”

The 42-year-old did appear to look tired and struggled around the brutal Le Golf National, which placed a premium on straight hitting.

Despite his fatigue, he still played four matches but struggled throughout.

He lost both of his fourball games with Patrick Reed and his only foursomes match with Bryson DeChambeau.

He then went down 2&1 to Jon Rahm in the singles despite putting up a good fight.

In his defence, he was matched up against the inspired team of Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood in all three of his doubles games, and his partner Patrick Reed struggled with his game particularly on Saturday morning.

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The next team event Woods will turn his attention to is the Presidents Cup next year where he captains the USA side down in Melbourne.

Tiger revealed that he is hoping to become a playing captain.

“God I hope so,” he said after being asked.

"I really hope to be a playing captain, I really do.”

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x