Tiger Woods is perhaps close to 1,500 miles away from Whistling Straits whereas he recovers from leg accidents suffered in a February automobile accident, however he continues to play an vital issue within the U.S. Ryder Cup marketing campaign. Woods – the 2019 U.S.
Presidents Cup Captain who would have been both a participant or Vice-Captain on Steve Stricker’s group if match – despatched a motivational textual content to the group on Cup eve and it actually had the specified impact on the group who surged to a 6-2 lead.
Ryder Cup rookies Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele have been unbelievable taking part in Foursomes collectively Friday morning, successful the primary 5 holes out of the gate towards European veterans Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter on their approach to a 5 and three demolition job.
They revealed afterwards that Woods’ message had resonated and impressed them to go for the jugular once they jumped to the early lead.
Tiger Woods, the message
“We had a pleasant message from Tiger final night time, and clearly not going to disclose what it stated, however Pat and I knew. We referred to it a couple of instances a day, and we knew what we wanted to do,” Schauffele stated.
“We knew he was fist pumping from the sofa.
Whether or not he was on crutches or not, he is as fired up as any again at house. So it is good to have his help”.
Cantlay revealed he truly visited Woods within the lead as much as the competitors, recent of successful the FedExCup, as he appeared to garner any recommendation potential.
“(There’s) no higher function mannequin and no higher chief, and simply any individual which you could all the time be taught from.
I noticed him final week at house, and simply picked his mind on Ryder Cup and utilized a few of that right here in the present day,” Cantlay added. Cantlay wasn’t the one one to make use of Woods’ tactical recommendation. Tony Finau and Harris English, who sat out the morning session earlier than pairing collectively for the afternoon 4-ball, additionally took heed of the 82-time PGA TOUR winners’ recommendation.