Tiger Woods knows he must 'do everything right' to catch Jack Nicklaus

Ruben Hill
December 3, 2019

The U.S. Team beat the International Team 19-11 in the 2017 Presidents Cup in New Jersey.

What might have seemed a tough call for Woods, the playing captain, was really an easy one. And to have not picked Reed would have meant endless questions for both about what transpired in the aftermath of an ugly American loss to Europe.

This week it's the Hero World Challenge. "That was all put to bed. We'll talk about that". We've all moved on. We had these conversations in the yard about what to do while still focusing on execution. It is going to outlive us, so how do we set it up for that and how do we set it up to be successful.

But it was his separation from Reed a year ago in France that led to Reed unleashing in the aftermath, despite being paired with Woods in two team matches.

The Presidents Cup, compared to its biennial match counterpart, the Ryder Cup, has been a civil affair. "I don't have any issue with Jordan". "Obviously I have to do everything right like I did at Augusta and I have to have all of the pieces come together".

"He and I know how to make each other better. We know how to get the job done". Its incredible what it was, when you look back, and what I went through.

But Australian golf fans haven't had an up-close look at Tiger Woods since the event was on the same continent eight years ago, so there's nearly certainly going to be cheers for one of the all-time greats, even though he's on the opposing side. "Quite bluntly, we want the home-crowd advantage, and I'll be disappointed if they are cheering enthusiastically for Tiger or anyone on the USA team".

Of course, I would like to play Tiger and stick it to him. World No. 1 Brooks Koepka had to withdraw due to injury. Is it all about the future now rather than anything that has happened in the past? And it doesn't hurt that he has been able to keep his game sharp, unlike several of his teammates. It was the next six events in which Woods' form fell off as back stiffness - and, as we later learned, knee issues - led to just a single top-10 finish, as well as two missed cuts and a withdrawal. I've done it different ways. "It's great, it's playing, it's not only the bullying factor that's the tiger, but it's playing great golf". The teams played to a tie in 2003.

Woods is known to have a long memory, but he did himself and USA teams - now and in the future - a favor by including Reed.

The weather was cold and damp at Riviera - and there were rain delays - and although Woods had a good tournament in Mexico, he came away with a neck strain that kept him from competing at the Arnold Palmer Invitational two weeks later. "It's just been something that's always been a part of me".

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