Tiger Woods’ textual content to US Ryder Cup group impressed massive first day, gamers say
The U.S. Ryder Cup team constructed the most important opening day lead over Europe since 1975 on the primary day of the event, ending main 6-2.
Whereas Tiger Woods didn’t make the journey to Whistling Straits, the legendary golfer texted U.S. members of the group and a few gamers stated it helped encourage them throughout their matches.
“The gist of mainly what he stated was I’m cheering you guys on, I’m proper there with you and go struggle and make us proud,” Tony Finau stated. “We have been ready to try this, and if TW’s watching, thanks for that textual content, brother, I feel it helps us quite a bit.”
Woods is recovering from accidents suffered in a horrific automobile crash in February. He’s been seen in a strolling boot within the months since however has not been in a position to get again to the golf course in any capability. U.S. captain Steve Stricker stated earlier than the Ryder Cup there was nonetheless a job for Woods.
It’s clear Woods was enjoying that function.
“Tiger’s not with us in particular person, however I do know he’s watching and speaking to Stricker quite a bit,” Harris English stated. “We all know he’s bought our backs, in order that’s actually cool, and we sort of used that vitality at the moment.”
Xander Schauffele stated the gamers have been excited to listen to Woods was cheering them on from his Florida dwelling.
“We knew he was fist-pumping from the sofa. Whether or not he was on crutches or not, he’s as fired up as any again at dwelling. So it’s good to have his help,” Schauffele stated.
Stricker stated he acquired a textual content from Woods on Thursday and despatched it to group members Friday.
“He is a buddy of a whole lot of these guys, and these guys look as much as him and I lean on him quite a bit all through this entire course of. So it was nice to listen to from him and supply some phrases of encouragement to those guys,” Stricker stated.
The U.S. has not gained the Ryder Cup since 2016 and has solely gained it twice since 2000. A U.S. win at Whistling Straits this weekend would add to the good rivalry.
The Related Press contributed to this report.