Paul Azinger Invites Tiger Woods to Be Vice-Captain for Ryder Cup

Peter HughesSenior Analyst IJuly 9, 2008

Paul Azinger deserves high praise for his thoughtfullness to invite Tiger Woods to act as vice-captain of the US Ryder Cup team later this year.

It shows his mindset and determination to regain the trophy, and he augurs well for that to happen. He certainly intends "to throw down the gauntlet" to Nick Faldo, who already had one nominated vice-captain (Paul McGinley) turn down the opportunity, while Jose Maria Olazabal is doubtful to carry out the function due to injury.

Tiger has declined the offer probably due to his recovery program, which hopefully will see him back on the fairways next year.

Many, no doubt, will read other reasons into his response and the golfing scribes will go to town analyzing them for months to come.

In the meantime, Tiger Woods has clearly stated he will be rooting all the way for Paul Azinger and his team.

His sentiments will not be reciprocated in Europe, which will be heading towards Valhalla, full of determination to retain Sam Ryder's Trophy.

It will be a tremendous battle. Good luck to both teams.

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