USA’s Ryder Cup captain Xander Schauffele has revealed that Tiger Woods is cheering the team on from his couch – and is even fist-bumping in front of the TV. Woods was part of USA’s 2018 Ryder Cup team, which lost by seven points to team Europe.
The 15-time Major winner is not at Wisconsin this weekend as he continues to recover from leg injuries he sustained in a car crash.
Woods’ impact is still being felt on the golf course as Schauffele keeps the message he received in the front of his mind.
“We had a nice message from Tiger last night,” said Schauffele. “I’m not going to reveal what it said but Pat and I knew and we referred to it a few times today. We knew what we needed to do.
“We knew he was fist-pumping from the couch. Whether he is on crutches or not, he’s as fired up as any back at home so it’s nice to have his support.”
Schauffele got the hosts off to a winning start in the morning foursomes on Friday.
Alongside partner Patrick Cantlay, they beat Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter with a five and three victory.
Schauffele was not the only one to draw inspiration from Woods as Cantlay also explained that he visited the legend’s home.
He said: “I saw him last week at home, and just picked his brain on the Ryder Cup and applied some of that here today.”
USA skipper Steve Stricker also detailed how Woods is part of his team, even without being in attendance.
“He’s been, you know, obviously in my ear a lot and I call him pretty regularly,” Stricker said.
“He’s part of our Ryder Cup team. He’s part of what we do.
“I think it’s just not a good time for him to be here physically because of where he’s at in his rehabilitation and (Whistling Straits is a) tough course to walk.
“Everybody is going to see it, from tee-to-green, it’s difficult. So probably won’t show up.
“But he’s getting better and his focus and mine is on making a comeback to play again.
“We don’t want to get in the way of that because we would all love to see him come back and play.”