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2025 Ryder Cup: Keegan Bradley invitations Tiger Woods to be ‘as concerned as he desires’ on United States group

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Keegan Bradley’s appointment as United States captain for the 2025 Ryder Cup got here solely after Tiger Woods withdrew his title from consideration. Having assumed a job on the PGA Tour Coverage Board, Woods has been caught up within the interior dealings of PGA Tour Enterprises’ negotiations with Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund. That left the 15-time main champion with little time so as to add Ryder Cup captain to his listing of titles and duties this go-around.

“With my new duties to the Tour and time commitments concerned, I felt like I’d not be capable of commit the time to Crew USA and the gamers required as a captain,” Woods shared in a press release to the PGA of America. “That doesn’t imply I would not need to captain a group sooner or later. If and once I really feel it’s the proper time, I’ll put my hat within the ring for this committee to determine.”

Whereas the captaincy might not be within the playing cards for Woods’ 2025, one other completely different position on Bradley’s group is actually open. Throughout his introductory press convention with the PGA of America, Bradley insisted that he desires his vice captains for the competitors at Bethpage Black in New York this September to be males who might sooner or later transition into the lead position.

Enter Tiger Woods.

“I’ve instructed him he will be as concerned as he desires to be,” Bradley mentioned of Woods. “We’ve not talked about vice captains. … We, as gamers, all of us look as much as Tiger, and his opinion means loads to us. Being in group rooms with Tiger, the general public would not notice how necessary that is to him. It is every little thing. He lives and breathes this occasion.”

Woods could be probably the most perfect particular person for Bradley to bounce concepts off — not simply as a result of his stature amongst his peer, but additionally Woods’ personal expertise as a captain. Bradley insisted that he nonetheless hopes to qualify for the U.S. group regardless of being named captain — a state of affairs Woods handled himself.

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Serving as a enjoying captain on the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in Australia — the primary in that position since Hale Irwin in 1994 — Tiger went 3-0-0 within the competitors and led the visiting U.S. aspect to a hard-fought victory.

Bradley goals to change into the primary enjoying captain within the Ryder Cup since Arnold Palmer in 1963. Coincidentally, Bradley (38) is the youngest U.S. Ryder Cup captain since Palmer that yr (34).

“It exhibits you ways a lot he cares by turning this place down as a result of he did not really feel like he might put in what he wanted to do with all of his duties with what is going on on with the Tour,” Bradley mentioned of Woods. “I have been grateful. Earlier than I accepted this job, I wanted to speak to Tiger. I needed to ensure — I needed to listen to from him. We had a fantastic dialog. I actually want his enter.”

Ought to Bradley lengthen a vice captaincy to Woods, it will not be the primary time the 48-year-old has been a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup management room. Tiger served in the identical position in the course of the 2016 competitors through which the Individuals defended dwelling soil at Hazeltine by a rating of 17 to 11.

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