The “activity drive” in query got here after McGinley’s Eu facet took it to the U.S., 16.5-11.5, at Gleneagles in Scotland. The ensuing fallout, which pitted Phil Mickelson in opposition to captain Tom Watson, ended in a U.S. Crew reckoning and the development of stated “activity drive.”

When Woods was once picked for his present position as captain, it wasn’t transparent he’d ever play competitively once more. That got here in 2017 on the Presidents Cup at Liberty Nationwide, when he was once hitting chip pictures but in addition looking to come to phrases with the concept that his taking part in profession might be over. As a substitute, it was once only the start of his newest bankruptcy which has now integrated wins in 3 consecutive PGA Excursion seasons (highlighted, clearly, through the 2019 Masters).

In selecting himself on Thursday night time, Woods stated that being a taking part in captain may have its demanding situations, however that he’ll lean on assistant captains Fred {Couples}, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker to stay observe of items whilst he’s taking part in.

Woods additionally cited his contemporary go back and forth to Japan as evidence that he can nonetheless trip across the world and play smartly. That’s vital; the go back and forth to Australia will come at the heels of Woods’ Hero International Problem within the Bahamas.

Susceptible to mentioning the most obvious, being a Ryder Cup captain is particularly other from, say, being a basketball trainer. Woods gained’t precisely be drawing up performs within the huddle right through timeouts — he’ll set the lineups and ship his guys available in the market. Those are golfers, in spite of everything. They’re used to running on their very own. Oh, and as for that Ryder Cup activity drive? It’s no longer precisely the Ten Commandments. In spite of successful again the cup on house soil at Hazeltine, the U.S. group misplaced even worse, 17.5-10.5, at Le Golfing Nationwide in 2018.

Would Woods stepping apart make the U.S. much more likely to triumph at Royal Melbourne in December? It kind of feels not likely that it might outweigh the awkwardness of a fill-in captain taking on regulate. But it surely serves as a reminder of simply how not likely it gave the impression, two years in the past, that Woods can be in place to make other folks ask those questions.

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