The 2023 Ryder Cup is set to kick off in Rome, Italy at the end of the week, and there is speculation that golf icon Tiger Woods could be involved in some capacity. Europe vice-captain Thomas Bjorn has hinted that Woods may play a role in inspiring Team USA during the prestigious tournament.
The Ryder Cup is a highly anticipated event that pits America against Europe in a battle for golfing glory. This year, Zach Johnson will lead the US team as they attempt to win on European soil for the first time since 1993. A victory for the US would also secure their retention of the championship for the first time in nearly three decades.
Bjorn, who captained Europe to victory in 2018, believes that Woods could be a source of inspiration for the American team. He revealed that there have been reports of conversations between Johnson and Woods, highlighting the respect that the golfing world has for the legendary player.
The Dane stated, “Everyone in golf has a huge respect for Tiger. I’m sure the respect is even bigger in America. Why wouldn’t you lean on him?” Bjorn emphasized the value of leaning on great players like Woods, as they have valuable insights and stories of success that can motivate and guide the team.
Woods, a 15-time major champion and one of the greatest golfers in history, has not competed in a Ryder Cup since 2018. Throughout his career, he has played in eight tournaments, winning 13 matches out of 37. He was a part of the US team that won the Ryder Cup in 1999.
Despite the speculation and Bjorn’s hints, Johnson has confirmed that Woods will not be joining the team in Italy. The 47-year-old golfer has a busy schedule and will not be making the trip. However, Johnson acknowledged Woods’ ongoing support and encouragement for Team USA, stating that he continues to be invested in the team’s success.
As the Ryder Cup approaches, golf fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the showdown between America and Europe. While Woods may not physically be present at the tournament, his influence and iconic status in the sport remain as strong as ever.