That is changing in 2012 at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois this weekend.
Woods joins Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson as the Americans who will not participate. Sitting for the Europeans are Francesco Molinari, Paul Lawrie, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer.
His performance on Friday was okay at times, but he struggled heavily for much of the first day of the Ryder Cup action. Those struggles led to two losses in two matches for the world’s former No. 1 golfer.
It also earned him at least a morning off before him, and the rest of his teammates, compete in fourball matches Saturday afternoon and in Sunday’s singles tournament.
The Europeans were beaten badly everywhere else in the course but used a bad day by the recently inconsistent Woods to keep themselves in contention.
It was a tough but logical decision by American team captain Davis Love III.
Earlier in the week, Woods said he had no intention of volunteering to sit for any of the action, according to Bob Harig of ESPN.com.
“Wouldn't want to [play] is a different story than not playing. Of course I want to play all five. Because I feel like I can help the team,” Woods said.
In seven Ryder Cup appearances Woods has struggled along with his American teammates. He has posted just a 13-14-2 record in his performances.
Hopefully, Woods can get it together and put on an impressive rebound performance on Saturday afternoon and again on Sunday to help the Americans get the better of their European opponents.
Mike Hoag is a Breaking News Team writer with Bleacher Report and also covers the Cleveland Browns and the NFL for the site.
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