USA Ryder Cup chiefs: tipped to make unprecedented change for Tiger Woods

Following on from Team USA’s sobering defeat at Marco Simone in 2023, Tiger Woods has now received even more backing to assume the role as captain following on from Zach Johnson

Tiger Woods now appears to be the standout candidate to lead Team USA at the Ryder Cup in New York in 2025 

Three-time Ryder Cup star Hunter Mahan has backed Tiger Woods to become Team USA’s captain for the next two contests as they look to avenge their defeat in Rome in 2023.

The 15-time major championships victor was a significant absentee as Zach Johnson led his compatriots to a wounding 16-12 defeat at Marco Simone. Team Europe ensured that their opponents are without a win on away soil since 1993, inflicting a sore seventh successive loss on the road for the Americans.

Now, it appears that the clamour for Woods to step into the role as Johnson’s replacement as captain is building steadily as the USA target quick revenge in New York next year. Other candidates, including Phil Mickelson and ex-vice captain Stewart Cink, have offered wide-ranging responses to the prospect of potentially stepping up to the top job.

In the case of the former, he ruled himself out by saying he is too ‘divisive’ to take on the role as skipper. The latter, however, admitted that he would ‘want to be the captain’ but suggested Woods as the better candidate, acknowledging: “I think it’s up to him.”

 

 

 

 

 

Gideon Canice

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