KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Steve Stricker has been in contact with Tiger Woods about being a vice captain on his U.S. Ryder Cup workforce this fall, and although it’s too early to say whether or not Woods may be a part of the workforce in individual, it is clear the captain needs him there.
Stricker, talking upfront of the PGA Championship on the Ocean Course on Wednesday, mentioned Woods’ involvement with the workforce is welcome.
“I’ve talked to him; I do not know if we’re there but to decide to him being there,” Stricker mentioned. “He is nonetheless acquired so much occurring, and his spirits are nice, although, as of late. We have been on a Zoom name with him simply final week, and he looks as if he is in a greater place. He is nonetheless acquired some methods to go.
“However I would like to have him there. Who would not, proper? The fellows actually respect him, and he did a fantastic job as [Presidents Cup] captain [in 2019], and he was an assistant of mine in 2017 [at the Presidents Cup] and he was unbelievable. He would do something for you, and he is completely, completely vested within the scenario and the method, virtually to the purpose of, he is on it early and a lot, it is like, ‘Dude, we have nonetheless acquired months to go but.’ He is actually good at being an assistant, and I would like to have him be there if it is in any respect attainable.”
Woods was concerned in a severe one-vehicle accident on Feb. 23 in Southern California by which he suffered a number of fractures to his proper leg in addition to foot and ankle accidents.
Details about his restoration progress has been restricted and has consisted largely of anecdotal accounts from gamers corresponding to Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler who’ve visited him. Woods posted an image of himself on April 23 on crutches and along with his proper leg in a forged.
Stricker has already named Davis Love III, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk as assistants for the Ryder Cup matches that may happen at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin from Sept. 24 to 26. It’s seemingly he’ll title two extra.
“I do not know if he may be there or not, however he mentioned, ‘ I am right here for you all the way in which as much as the Ryder Cup,”’ Stricker mentioned. “That reveals his stage of dedication to me and to the workforce, and his need to be there if he may be.”
As a result of pandemic and the postponement of the matches from 2020, the PGA of America modified the workforce’s standards and is giving Stricker six captain’s picks along with six gamers who will robotically qualify for the workforce in August.