Furyk outlines Woods' Ryder Cup motivation


The spiralling interest in the Ryder Cup means the biennial golf showpiece hardly needs hyping up but the stunning return to form of Tiger Woods, culminating in his first tournament victory for five years on Sunday, has undoubtedly added some extra French frisson to the event starting in Paris on Friday.

A 17-11 scoreline at Hazeltine two years ago, coupled with the fact that seven of the past nine major winners have come from America, points towards one logical conclusion.

Thousands of Woods fans spilled onto the 18th fairway to follow their idol to the green.

Rose carded a second round of 67 at East Lake to finish seven under par, a total matched in the following group by 14-time major victor Woods, who added a 68 to his opening 65. That's a spike of 206% over last year's tournament.

"I guess it's different now because the art of clapping is gone, right? I can only think of Muhammad Ali, Bob Champion maybe, something like that maybe", he said.

"The world of golf is really proud of you now and super excited about your game", Rose said.

Woods was moved to the brink of tears after proving he was far from washed up.

However, he added, Tiger was fully invested in the United States team and had put aside individual achievement, no matter how big a personal milestone it was for him. He does so much for the game of golf. "So for everyone in golf, it's brilliant". He left the competition feeling hopeless as he built a five-shot lead early and hung on to win the Tour Championship.

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The USA skipper said: "We were waiting yesterday, we had a major victory for the team and we had a whole group of guys waiting in the team room, and then a giant roar. when [vice-captain] Steve Stricker walked in the room after his victory [on the Champions Tour] last night". "No, I don't", Furyk said. "Obviously, I think there's a thorn in their side, and it's been that since 1993, and there's some veteran players that have played on a number of these teams that have never won on foreign soil".

"I know they will be loud, they will be boisterous".

'To be able to have shared what I did with them at The Open this year, I had a chance, I had the lead.

Despite being close friends, the likes of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson remain largely inscrutable when playing together on the tour, constrained by the shackles of on-course rivalry and personal ambition such that the prospect of cheering one another's good moments is a remote one indeed. "But we respect our opponents and know what we are up against".

"For golf it's unbelievable, I have the utmost respect - 80 wins, how can you not doff your cap to that?"

"In your mind you're very set on where you want to go with it, and something uncharacteristic has to happen if you're going to change it, but you're pretty much set in your mind where it's all going to go". Next week in France, he will be one of U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk's assistants.

"I will stand behind them and I will support them and be that person that is with them all the way", he said.