Wednesday, in his first public comments since his Memorial Day arrest in Florida for driving under the influence, Woods spoke with a degree of uncertainty about the future of his playing career, stating that he hopes to come back and play competitively again, but ... I respect and know how great these guys are. Even if that future means he can no longer play competitive golf again.
US Assistant captain Davis Love III has thrown his support behind Trump. As I alluded to last week, I'm hitting 60-yard shots", said Woods, then he smiled and said, "I'm hitting it really straight. "Jordan or Justin, I'll play against them", he said.
The 2017 Presidents Cup tees off on Thursday at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J., pitting 12 of the best golfers from the USA against 12 of the best from around the world, except Europe. Woods subsequently underwent back surgery in April, the fourth such procedure he has undergone since 2014.
"I enjoy stiff competition".
But he has not won a major since and serious back injuries often left him crippled with pain when he tried to play over the past three years.
This will be his third time at the helm, and he said the eight players returning from the close defeat in South Korea two years ago had developed a strong bond which should stand them in good stead.
"But I certainly don't have my golf muscles trained because obviously I'm not doing anything golf-related".
Woods, who has undergone four separate surgeries in less than four years, added that although he was optimistic about a return, he acknowledged there was a chance it might not happen. Still, he wants to keep trying.
I've gotten to say - I'd be disappointed in Reed if the shoes were anything but that, even though I didn't know such a design existed until I saw them on his feet.
Sky Sports will show this year's Presidents Cup on Sky Sports Golf, with coverage beginning on Thursday at 6pm.
The 14-time major champion, whose six points in singles are the most in Presidents Cup history, faced off against rivals Greg Norman, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els in the height of their powers.
"I think it's fun. Hopefully we can play together in some matches just like the old days". "As much as he's been injured, it's probably wonderful for him to be out here among the camaraderie and provides just so much experience and knowledge".
"First things first", Woods said. They were just conversations about each other's lives.
The upshot Stricker said, was that U.S. players planned to "do what we always do and that's take off our hat and put our hands across our chest and over our heart and respect the flag".
From the press coverage, to the mood of the players on both sides, to the lack of buildup, there's no bones about it that the Presidents Cup doesn't have anywhere near the electric atmosphere surrounding it as the Ryder Cup does.
Hours later, their counterparts back in the United States followed suit as players throughout the National Football League sat or knelt before kickoff.