Tiger Woods: "Ryder Cup? I still don't know"

As the PGA Championship, the second major of 2024, unfolds in Louisville, Kentucky, Tiger Woods reflects on his journey back to competitive golf

by Andrea Gussoni
Tiger Woods: "Ryder Cup? I still don't know"
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As the PGA Championship, the second major of 2024, unfolds in Louisville, Kentucky, Tiger Woods reflects on his journey back to competitive golf. Despite the physical challenges he faces, Woods remains focused on improving his game and believes he still has what it takes to win.

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"My body may not be what it used to be, but it's holding up well enough," Woods admits. "I'll always feel stiffness and pain in my back, but what I aim to enhance is my performance on the course. If you ask me whether I still believe I have what it takes to win, the answer is yes." From reminiscing about his early victories in the PGA Championship to contemplating the possibility of leading the US team at the Ryder Cup, Woods touches upon various topics, including the ongoing negotiations between the PGA Tour and the Arab Super League to unify the golfing world, which has been divided for years.

The 15-time major champion elaborates on these discussions, stating, "Discussions with the PGA of America are still ongoing. I need to assess whether I'll have enough time to take on such an important role as leading the US team at the 2025 Ryder Cup.

As for negotiations with LIV Golf and PIF, there's still much work to be done. We're making strides, perhaps not giant ones, but there has been progress." As Woods navigates his comeback and explores potential future roles within the sport, his presence continues to shape the landscape of golf, inspiring fans and players alike with his resilience and determination.

Eldrick Tont Woods, known widely as Tiger Woods, was born on December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California. He is an American professional golfer who is revered by many as the greatest golfer of all time and certainly the best of the modern era.

Throughout his illustrious career spanning over two decades, Woods has amassed an incredible record of 110 professional tournament victories, including an impressive haul of 15 major championships, making him the most decorated player in golf history.

He has held the coveted top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) for a total of 683 weeks, with 281 of those weeks being consecutive, from June 12, 2005, to October 30, 2010. Additionally, Woods holds the unique distinction of being the only golfer to have won all four major championships in the modern era within the span of a single year, accomplishing this remarkable feat between 2000 and 2001.

In 2014, Woods made history by becoming the first athlete to surpass one billion dollars in earnings from tournament victories and endorsements combined. While he has since been surpassed by Michael Jordan in total earnings, his wealth is estimated at 1.8 billion dollars as of 2023, making him the second-highest-paid athlete of all time.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of sports, Woods was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former United States President Donald Trump in 2019. This prestigious honor is the highest civilian award bestowed by the United States government.

Tiger Woods's impact on the game of golf transcends mere statistics; his influence and legacy have left an indelible mark on the sport, inspiring generations of golfers and captivating fans around the globe with his unparalleled talent and unparalleled passion for the game.

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