Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup: The ultimate guide
Tiger Woods will compete in his eighth Ryder Cup Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National outside Paris. On the current U.S. team, only Phil Mickelson (12) has played in more. Woods, 42, who last played at Medinah in 2012, has an all-time record of 13-17-3 in the Ryder Cup.
Here is a complete guide to Tiger Woods at the Ryder Cup, including his overall record and a year-by-year look:
Ryder Cup appearances: 7 (8 including 2018)
Matches played: 33
Overall record: 13-17-3
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•Woods lost his very first Ryder Cup singles match to Italy’s Costantino Rocca in 1997 at Valderrama, in Spain, but that was his only singles loss. Since that 4-and-2 setback, he has gone 4-0-2 in singles. In the last two Ryder Cups, he has drawn Francesco Molinari, defeating him in Wales in 2010 and agreeing to a draw in the anchor singles match at Medinah four years ago, when Europe already had secured the cup.
•The partner with whom Woods played the most: Steve Stricker (above), who played in six matches alongside Woods in 2010 and 2012. The two won their opening two matches at Celtic Manor, then dropped their next four. Woods and Stricker had the misfortune of running up against Belgian Nicolas Coelsarts in an opening-day four-ball match at Medinah, with the Ryder Cup rookie making eight birdies and an eagle as Europe prevailed, 1 up.
“Tiger would have beaten anybody else,” Captain Davis Love III said.
•Outside of Stricker, the player who partnered the most with Woods has been this year’s U.S. Captain, Jim Furyk. They played four matches together at the K Club in Ireland in 2006, when Woods was No. 1 in the world and Furyk No. 2. They won two matches and lost two. It marked the first time Woods had played in a Ryder Cup with only one partner (he did the same in 2010 and 2012), playing with Stricker. Woods said one similarity that he had with Furyk was that both players liked to stand on a green and read putts with their feet as they tried to figure out which way the ball would break.
•In all, Woods has played with 12 partners in the Ryder Cup, the leaders being Stricker (6), Furyk (4), Mark O'Meara and Davis Love III (3 each). He has winning records with Love (2-1-0) and fellow Californian Chris Riley (1-0-0).
•The opponent that Woods ran into the most from the European side was Englishman Lee Westwood. They competed in eight matches, with Westwood winning seven of the eight meetings. Woods' lone victory against Westwood came in 2002 when he and Davis Love III defeated Westwood and Sergio Garcia, 1 up, in a Day 2 four-ball match.
•Woods has played against 24 different European players in his seven Ryder Cups. Those he has faced the most: Westwood (8), Darren Clarke (5), Padraig Harrington (5), Colin Montgomerie (5), Sergio Garcia (4).
•Woods has been a workhorse at the Ryder Cup, often competing in all five matches. In 2010, rains forced tournament organizers to get creative in order to get in 28 matches at Celtic Manor in Wales. There was a session with six foursomes games and one session that included two foursomes matches and four four-ball matches. Hence, no player competed in five matches, meaning Woods’ streak of playing five matches ended after he’d done so in his first five. The first real time he sat out a session was two years later, when he was rested during the Day 2 foursomes session at Medinah.
•The only team match in which Woods played to a draw was in his first Ryder Cup, in Spain. He and Justin Leonard played Sweden's Jesper Parnevik and Spain's Ignacio Garrido to a draw at Valderrama in a second-day foursomes match. The U.S. team knotted the match at the 16th and then halved the final two holes. Woods and Leonard, the 1997 British Open champion, were Ryder Cup rookies, as were their two opponents.
•In 1999, when the U.S. came back from a four-point deficit on Sunday to defeat Europe, Woods played in all five matches and never faced an opponent more than once, meaning he went up against nine of the 12 Europeans. He earned his singles point against Scotsman Andrew Coltart, 3 and 2.
•Heading into the 2018 Tour Championship, Woods is ranked 21st in the OWGR, an incredible climb considering he was outside the top 1,000 in late 2017. This will mark the first time Woods will enter the Ryder Cup not being either the No. 1 or No. 2 player in the world. He was No. 1 heading into the Ryder Cup matches in 1999, 2002, 2006 and 2010; he was No. 2 in 1997, 2004 and 2012. The only players ranked ahead of him in those years he was ranked second: Greg Norman (1997), Vijay Singh (2004) and Rory McIlroy (2012).
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Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
Europe 14.5, U.S. 13.5
Woods: Overall: 1-3-1 Singles: 0-1
Partners: 2 – Mark O’Meara (3), Justin Leonard
Opponents: 7 – Bernhard Langer 2 (2), Colin Montgomerie 2 (2), Sir Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood, Jesper Parnevik, Ignacio Garrido, Costantino Rocca
Day 1 Four-Balls: Woods-O’Meara d. Montgomerie-Langer, 3 and 2
Day 1 Foursomes: Montgomerie-Langer d. Woods-O’Meara, 5 and 3
Day 2 Four-Balls: Faldo-Westwood d. Woods-O’Meara, 2 and 1
Day 2 Foursomes: Leonard-Woods halved Parnevik-Garrido
Singles: Rocca d. Woods, 4 and 2
The Country Club, Brookline, Mass.
U.S. 14.5, Europe 13.5
Woods: Overall 2-3-0 (3-6-1); Singles 1-0 (1-1)
Partners: 3 – Tom Lehman, David Duval, Steve Pate (2)
Opponents: 9 – Parnevik (2), Sergio Garcia, Darren Clarke, Westwood (2), Padraig Harrington, Miguel Jimenez, Paul Lawrie, Montgomerie (3), Andrew Coltart
Day 1 Foursomes: Garcia-Parnevik d. Woods-Lehman, 2 and 1
Day 1 Four-Balls: Clarke-Westwood d. Woods-Duval, 1 up
Day 2 Foursomes: Woods-Pate d. Harrington-Jimenez, 1 up
Day 2 Four-Balls: Lawrie-Montgomerie d. Woods-Pate, 2 and 1
Singles: Woods d. Coltart, 3 and 2
The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England
Europe 15.5, U.S. 12.5
Woods: Overal 2-2-1 (5-8-2); Singles 0-0-1 (1-1-1)
Partners: 3 – Paul Azinger, Mark Calcavecchia, Love III (2)
Opponents: 5 – Clarke 2 (3), Garcia 2 (3), Westwood 2 (4), Thomas Bjorn 2 (2), Parnevik (3)
Day 1 Foursomes: Clarke-Bjorn d. Woods-Azinger, 1 up
Day 1 Four-Balls: Garcia-Westwood d. Woods-Calcavecchia, 2 and
Day 2 Foursomes: Woods-Love III d. Clarke-Bjorn, 4 and 3
Day 2 Four-Balls: Woods-Love III d. Garcia-Westwood, 1 up
Singles: Woods halved Parnevik
Oakland Hills, Bloomfield Township, Mich.
Europe 18.5, U.S. 9.5
Woods: Overall 2-3-0 (7-11-2); Singles 1-0 (2-1-1)
Partners: 3 – Phil Mickelson 2 (2), Chris Riley, Love III (3)
Opponents: 7 – Harrington 2 (3), Clarke 2 (5), Westwood (5), Montgomerie (4), Ian Poulter, Paul McGinley, Paul Casey
Day 1 Four-Balls: Montgomerie-Harrington d. Woods-Mickelson, 2 and 1
Day 1 Foursome: Clarke-Westwood d. Woods-Mickelson, 1 up
Day 2 Four-Balls: Woods-Riley d. Clarke-Poulter, 4 and 3
Day 2 Foursomes: Harrington-McGinley d. Woods-Love III, 4 and 3
Singles: Woods d. Casey, 3 and 2
K Club, County Kildare, Ireland
Europe 18.5, U.S. 9.5
Woods: Overall 3-2-0 (10-13-2); Singles 1-0 (3-1-1)
Partners: 1 – Jmi Furyk 4 (4)
Opponents: 7 – Harrington 2 (5), Montgomerie (5), Clarke (6), Westwood (6), McGinley (2), Luke Donald, Robert Karlsson
Day 1 Four-Balls: Woods-Furyk d. Harrington-Montgomerie, 1 up
Day 1 Foursomes: Donald-Garcia d. Woods-Furyk, 2 up
Day 2 Four-Balls: Clarke-Westwood d. Woods-Furyk, 3 and 2
Day 2 Foursomes: Woods-Furyk d. Harrington-McGinley, 3 and 2
Singles: Woods d. Karlsson, 3 and 2
Valhalla, Louisville, Ky.
Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales
Europe 14.5, U.S. 13.5
Woods: Overall 3-1-0 (13-14-2); Singles 1-0 (4-1-1)
Partners: Steve Stricker 3 (3)
Opponents: Poulter (2), Ross Fisher, Jimenez (2), Peter Hanson, Donald (2), Westwood (7), Francesco Molinari
Session 1 Four-Balls: Woods-Stricker d. Poulter-Fisher, 2 up
Session 2 Foursomes: Woods-Stricker d. Jimenez-Hanson, 4 and 3
Session 3 Foursomes: Donald-Westwood d. Woods-Stricker, 6 and 5
Singles: Woods d. F. Molinari, 4 and 3
Medinah (Ill.) Country Club
Europe 14.5, U.S. 13.5
Woods: Overall 0-3-1 (13-17-3) Singles 0-0-1 (4-1-2)
Partners: Stricker 3 (6)
Opponents: Poulter (3), Justin Rose, Westwood (8), Nicolas Colsaerts, Garcia (4), Donald (3), Molinari (2)
Day 1 Four-Balls: Poulter-Rose d. Woods-Stricker, 2 and 1
Day 1 Foursomes: Westwood-Colsaerts d. Woods-Stricker, 1 up
Day 2 Foursomes: Garcia-Donald d. Woods-Stricker, 1 up
Singles: Woods halved Molinari