Ryder Cup 2018 – Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker have been named as vice-captains for the United States as they look to defend it at Le Golf National in Paris later this year.
Skipper Jim Furyk has given the experienced pair the nod to advise him at the highly anticipated competition in France.
“To win in Paris will be a great challenge. To have Stevee and Tiger share the journey is important for me and for American golf,” Furyk said.
“Their knowledge and experience will be an invaluable resource in our effort to retain the Ryder Cup.”
Woods has not yet been ruled out of actually playing in the event but Furyk has admitted he will need to see much more of Tiger through the coming months.
“I’d like to do what’s best for Tiger,” Furyk added. “If he could be valuable as a player, I’m sure we would want him playing on this team but I’m anxious to see how he plays this year.”
The Americans comfortably beat Europe at Hazeltine in 2016 and will be looking to retain the trophy when the action starts from 28-30 September.
Europe are 11/10 to win and 10/11 to lose to the US.
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Brief History of The Ryder Cup:
Originally contested between Great Britain and the United States, the first official Ryder Cup took place in 1927 at Worcester Country Club, in Massachusetts, US. The home team won the first five contests, but with the competition’s resumption after the Second World War, repeated American dominance eventually led to a decision to extend the representation of “Great Britain and Ireland” to include continental Europe from 1979.
The inclusion of continental European golfers was partly prompted by the success of a new generation of Spanish golfers, led by Seve Ballesteros and Antonio Garrido. In 1973 the official title of the British Team had been changed from “Great Britain” to “Great Britain and Ireland”, but this was simply a change of name to reflect the fact that golfers from the Republic of Ireland had been playing in the Great Britain Ryder Cup team since 1953, while Northern Irish players had competed since 1947.
Since 1979, Europe has won ten times outright and retained the Cup once in a tied match, with eight American wins over this period. In addition to players from Great Britain and Ireland, the European team has included players from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden. The Ryder Cup, and its counterpart the Presidents Cup, remain exceptions within the world of professional sports because the players receive no prize money despite the contests being high-profile events that bring in large amounts of money in television and sponsorship revenue.
The current holders are the United States who won in 2016 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, by a score of 17 to 11. The next contest will be on the Albatros Course at Le Golf National in Magny-les-Hameaux (27 km south-east of Paris), France, from 28 to 30 September 2018.
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