Tiger Woods: "I Didn't Help My Teammates"

The 14-time major winner reflected on a poor Ryder Cup for him and his teammates

Tiger Woods: "I Didn't Help My Teammates"
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The 14-time major winner reflected on a poor Ryder Cup for him and his teammates

Tiger Woods: "I Didn't Help My Teammates"

There was an awful lot of excitement surrounding Tiger Woods heading into the 2018 Ryder Cup but it really didn't work out for him.

Woods won the Tour Championship the previous week and had a brilliant year after returning from a fourth back surgery.

However, perhaps Le Golf National was just one week too many as his 7th tournament in eight weeks.

Woods looked tired mentally and physically all week and was unable to improve on his already-poor Ryder Cup record.

Tiger has now lost seven of his eight Ryder Cups and tasted defeat in all four of his matches in Paris.

He was brutally honest and down on himself on the post-match press conference, stating that he was disappointed not to help his teammates.

"Well, we didn't -- we obviously didn't win the Cup. We didn't execute like we had planned and wanted to," he said.

"For me personally, I went 0-4. Obviously very disappointing.

"Those are four points that aren't going towards our side. It's going towards their side.

"To have a Ryder Cup end that way, for me personally, it doesn't feel very good because I didn't help my teammates earn any points.

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"At the end of the day, we came here as a team and we win or lose, and unfortunately we lost this one."

You have to feel for Tiger after such an impressive year and so much hype around him after his successful vice-captaincy at the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Many believe that Woods simply doesn't care about the match and they may well be right, but he did look a broken man in the press conference.

Was this his last Ryder Cup? Or will he tee it up at Whistling Straits next time out? Only time will tell.

The next time we'll see Woods will likely be in his $9m match with Phil Mickelson towards the end of November.

The pair went 0-6 at Le Golf National so hype may well be needed to start selling that at PPV.

Tiger will likely miss the CJ Cup and WGC-HSBC Champions, two huge purse events in Asia, at the end of this month and will likely play his next tournament at the Hero World Challenge in December.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

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 three Open Championships on-site 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 between 3-5. 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.


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