Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

'Fist-pump' pars could be key to Ryder Cup glory, says Spieth

'Fist-pump' pars could be key to Ryder Cup glory, says Spieth

After ending his own winless streak in unforgettable fashion in the Tour Championship, Tiger Woods has his sights set on ending an even lengthier team drought to improve his personal Ryder Cup record.

Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth sees this week's Ryder Cup as a way to jump-start his 2019 campaign after a struggling season in which he failed to reach last week's Tour Championship.

"If you miss the fairway, you're likely not going to be able to hold the green, and with a lot of greens surrounded by water, you're actually having to nearly lay up out of the rough".

The following month's DUI arrest only deepened the sense that Woods' incredible career was over, but, after returning to action in November, his performances this season, including leading the Open with eight holes to play and finishing second in the US PGA, indicated that was certainly not the case. He has gone through four surgeries that kept him out of 10 majors and two Ryder Cups, though he comes to France with a winning feeling-not just the Tour Championship, but his role as a vice captain at Hazeltine two years ago during a rare American victory.

"We had a whole group of guys waiting in the team room, and then a giant roar when Steve Stricker walked in the room after his victory", Furyk said with a laugh. It's great what he did on Sunday. All of the guys are playing some great golf. "They spend a lot of time together, and it seems like the togetherness is just a little bit more than maybe it used to be back in the '90s and early 2000s".

"I think to focus on one player is silly, especially when I might not even see him at any point this week because I mightn't be on the course with him or play against him". The last time the usa did pick up a victory in Europe was indeed on English territory when Tom Watson captained the Americans to a 15-13 victory at the Belfry in 1993.


Reed gets his hero - Tiger Woods - in the anchor match.

The scenes of fans stampeding up the final hole at East Lake to witness history being made were reminiscent of Woods' glory days, while NBC's TV ratings jump of 206 percent on a year ago spoke volumes of his continued draw in the game. That was the most intimidating part about it.

"I like having a target on my back". It shows how well I've played in my two Ryder Cups and the passion I've shown for my country.

The Europeans haven't lost on home soil in 25 years.

"It is one of the hardest Ryder Cup courses that I've seen in a while". "I should have taken more breaks in the playoffs this year, and I went something like 26 or 28 days from before NY through that Saturday afternoon of BMW, at least six-hour days on the course and gym".

"It's a nice boost for everyone, and I think for Tiger in general", Furyk said. I was more concerned about individual titles and all that.


US captain Jim Furyk says it's "probably not too likely".

On Tuesday Mickelson suggested both players would now welcome the chance to give it a go again, but Furyk appears to have no intention of giving them the opportunity.

"Because I've played in these events for so long but have never won over here, it would be one of the moments I would cherish most if we were able to come out on top". The best score at the hole will win the hole.

"Looking back on my entire Ryder Cup career, that's not something that I've really enjoyed and I've really liked seeing", added Woods, whose single-minded focus in his heyday often didn't translate well to playing with a partner. It was Friday and Saturday. It looked tiring (on video) to have to play golf like that for three days.

"I take that as a huge compliment", he said. "And trust me, if you look at all of the United Kingdom players that are in this team, they wore that (a yellow ribbon) today because this week that's what they represent".


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