MEDINAH, Ill. — Tiger Woods' run of consecutive Ryder Cup matches has come to an end, after Davis Love III decided to leave the 14-time major winner on the bench for Saturday morning's foursomes session.
"We just don't want guys to be worn out," Love said. "We need Tiger and Steve in the afternoon. We need Tiger and Steve on Sunday. There was a reason we sat Webb and Bubba out this morning; was so they would be ready for the afternoon. I didn't know they were going to be that ready, but we sat them out because, really, there's so much that goes into this week, and we as players see it‑‑ I saw it Monday night and Tuesday night. Our guys were out of the team room and in bed. They knew what was coming and they needed to be rested."
Woods, who played on his first Ryder Cup team in 1997, had played in 31 consecutive matches following a 2&1 loss to Lee Westwood and Nicolas Colsaerts. Woods struggled with his entire game in the early session but during the afternoon found a spark, recording seven birdies during the round.
While he'll certainly be disappointed to sit out a session after gaining some momentum, Love said it was his plan all along to sit every player for one at least one session -- including Woods.
"Well, I've been talking to Fred [Funk] for well over a year about this, and then talking to Scott [Verplank] and Jeff [Sluman] a lot in the last couple months; we just felt like we didn't want anybody to have to play five matches on this golf course," Love said. "It's a big, long golf course. It's tough."
Woods will likely play in the afternoon four-ball session. His Ryder Cup record following Friday's two defeats is now 13-16-2.