The Reuters global sports blog
Rest for Woods should be a worry for Europe
Tiger Woods’s failure to qualify for the Tour Championship finale in Atlanta next week could spell bad news for Europe’s Ryder Cup team.
The world number one will now have two clear weeks before the biennial team event at Celtic Manor in Wales to polish up his swing with new coach Sean Foley and reinvigorate his mind after a year of turmoil both on and off the course.
“It will be good because I can practice at home with Sean in peace and away from everybody and put some work in,” Woods told reporters after failing to make the elite 30-man field for the fourth and final event of the lucrative FedExCup series.
“I can also work on my short game and putting, things I have not been able to do of late. I was looking forward to a one-week break, I’ve got two (now) but it will be nice to concentrate on my game.”
Woods has plenty of incentive to perform at Celtic Manor where a strong performance against Colin Montgomerie’s European team will help to erase the memories of a rare trophy-less season for the 14-times major winner.
It also represents an excellent opportunity for the 34-year-old American to improve on a Ryder Cup record for which he has often received criticism.
Woods goes into the Oct. 1-3 showdown at Celtic Manor having won only 10 of his 25 previous matches in the team event.
PHOTO: Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the BMW Championship golf tournament in Lemont, Illinois September 10, 2010. REUTERS/Frank Polich