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Tiger Woods was winless at Medinah, only managing to put a half point on the board for Team USA, but at least he got to play a few rounds at a pretty decent track with his buddy Steve Stricker.
True, partnered with Stricker against Garcia and Donald on Saturday afternoon the two staged a furious back nine rally that came up just short. Additionally, it was only thanks to eight birdies and an eagle by Nicolas Colsaerts that the team of Colsaerts and Lee Westwood triumphed over the Americans (and Tiger’s seven birdies).
One thinks that Tiger ought to have went with what’s in his pants , ala Colsaerts, but that approach hasn’t worked out so well for El Tigre in the past.
Even though his Sunday Singles match against Francesco Molinari was entirely meaningless with Europe having already retained the cup by the time Woods stood on the 18th tee with a 1-up lead, it was still immensely disappointing that the greatest closer in the history of golf couldn’t close out the diminutive man from Turin.
In an unwarranted oversimplification of the situation, the “Old Tiger’s” third shot on 18 would have lipped in, rather than out, but that’s rather the point. Old Tiger or New Tiger, Woods hasn’t had any luck in the Ryder Cup across 15 years and seven appearances in the competition, and the only time the U.S. has won the Cup since Tiger started playing in it was the year he didn’t—2008 at Valhalla. Correlation doesn’t imply causality, but still…