Jim Furyk names Tiger Woods as Ryder Cup vice-captain

Steve Stricker also named as part of backroom team for Paris showdown

Tiger Woods has been named as a vice-captain by United States Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk. Photograph:  Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Tiger Woods has been named as a vice-captain by United States Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

 

Tiger Woods will serve as one of the vice-captains on the US Ryder Cup squad that will try to snap a 25-year drought on European soil later this year, Jim Furyk said on Tuesday.

Furyk, who will serve as captain when holders United States battle Europe in September at the Golf National on the outskirts of Paris, also announced Steve Stricker as a vice-captain.

“To win in Paris will be a great challenge, and to have Steve and Tiger share in the journey is important for me and for American golf,” said Furyk, who made the announcement from the PGA of America headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

“The deep appreciation they both have for competition, the concept of team, and the Ryder Cup is infectious. Their knowledge and experience will be an invaluable resource in our effort to retain the Ryder Cup.”

Woods, who this week will make his third start of the PGA Tour season after a year-long absence during which he had back surgery, has competed in seven Ryder Cups and first served as a vice-captain at Hazeltine in 2016.

This year’s Ryder Cup, to be played from September 28th-30th, will mark Stricker’s third stint as a vice-captain, having served at Gleneagles in 2014 and in the 2016 US victory at Hazeltine.

Furyk previously appointed former Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III as a vice-captain and will announce additional vice captains at a later date.

The United States won the biennial matchplay event at home in 2016, marking their first triumph since 2008, but they have not celebrated on European soil since a 15-13 victory at The Belfry in 1993.

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