Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker benched by Davis Love III for Saturday ... - New York Daily News
Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker walk past Team Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal after losing their second match.
MEDINAH, Ill. — Davis Love III is benching Tiger Woods for the first time in his Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup careers after the U.S. lost both his matches Friday.
Love said it didn’t have anything to do with the shaky play of Woods and Steve Stricker in the Friday morning foursomes. But it’s also the only change from Friday’s foursomes lineup, with Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson being sent out in their place.
“I think Tiger needs a rest. Steve needs a rest,” Love explained. “We just don’t want guys to be worn out. We need Tiger and Steve in the afternoon. We need Tiger and Steve on Sunday. ”
Love said Woods and Stricker had accepted the news.
“They told me they would do whatever I asked them to do, and I can guarantee you, neither one of them are very happy about it. Not because they are sitting out, (but) because they have to wait till tomorrow afternoon to come back.”
Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson will be the only Americans to play the first three matches, and Love might have a hard time sitting them in the afternoon if they continue to play this well. The news surprised the Europeans, who will have Rory McIlroy out there for the third straight match.
“Is Davis Love going to sit Tiger Woods? He’s a brave man,” Ian Poulter said when asked about the possibility earlier Friday. “When Tiger is on, he’s on and he's very impressive, but when he’s not, he’s not. It’s a brave captain to leave him out.”
Woods was awful in the morning foursomes when he sprayed shots, including one drive off an unfortunate spectator’s head, missed putts and showed more frustration than anyone in losing to Justin
Rose and Poulter, 2-and-1. He was just unlucky to draw Nicolas Colsaerts in the afternoon, when he made seven birdies and still lost.
“I didn’t play very good this morning at all,” said Woods, who had a session with swing coach Sean Foley in between sessions. “I was hitting it awful and not doing anything well.
“But I hit it good this afternoon. I drove it great this afternoon and was in position, but we ran into a guy who just made absolutely everything.”