Tiger Woods is not officially a candidate but his name is circulating to take over from Zach Johnson during the 2025 edition in Bethpage. Several golf personalities across the Atlantic have expressed the wish to see Tiger Woods take the reins of the American Ryder Cup selection.
Winning captain in 2008, Paul Azinger notably estimated that the Tiger was best placed to take over from Zach Johnson after the USA lost in Rome for the 10th time in 14 editions! The American captain, who took responsibility for the defeat, received strong criticism from observers while his team included 6 of the 10 best players in the world.
Tiger Woods, Ryder Cup
“Maybe I made bad decisions. It's not about these 12 guys. They gave a lot to defend the colors of our country,” admitted Johnson. For his part, Paul Azinger wants the page to turn quickly and attention to be focused on the next edition on Long Island, on the terrible journey of Bethpage Black.
Consultant for NBC, he hypothesized a USA – Europe clash headed by Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, whom he sees returning with the odor of sanctity. “Bethpage Black would actually be the perfect stage for Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia.
This rivalry would be “historic” Remember that the Spaniard was ineligible as a player following his departure from LIV Golf. He would have offered to pay all his fines before the announcement of the choice of captains in order to be among the candidates for a place in Luke Donald's team.
A final attempt at rehabilitation which could not find a favorable outcome because Garcia had terminated his DP World Tour membership. For his part, Tiger Woods, victorious player captain with the American Presidents Cup team, is still convalescing following his terrible car accident in February 2021 and an operation undergone last April.
Absent during the American successes of 2008 and 2016, the Tiger has only won the Ryder Cup once during his career as a player. It was 1999, in Brookline.