Tiger eyes leading US at Ryder Cup — just not yet

Published 8:44am Tuesday, October 9, 2012

BELEK, Turkey — Tiger Woods hopes to captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team someday. He still plans to play in a few more before that happens.

The 14-time major winner is coming off a disappointing performance at Medinah. He secured only half a point in his seventh Ryder Cup appearance as Europe retained the title Sept. 30.

“One day that would be fantastic and a huge honor to be a captain of a Ryder Cup team, but hopefully it doesn’t happen in the near future,” Woods said. “I still want to be playing on a lot more teams but certainly one day, when my golfing life is slowing down and when it’s over, that would be a huge honor to be a part of a Ryder Cup from a captaincy side.”

Woods arrived Monday for the $5.3 million Turkish Airways World Golf Finals, an eight-player event being promoted simply as “Tiger v Rory.”

Woods tied Raymond Floyd for the U.S. record for most losses in foursomes (8) after pairing with Steve Stricker on Friday. He also went down in the fourballs Friday and Saturday afternoon with Stricker.

After playing only once on the winning team, in 1999, Woods is stinging at the latest loss.

“It didn’t set in for me for a few days as to what happened in Medinah. I had two sick kids I had to care for and they also had to go to school. They had fevers and I was focused on them for a couple of days,” he said.

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