Steve Stricker Says Tiger Woods Still Has ‘Some Ways To Go’ In His Recovery, Leaves Door Open For Him To Be A Part Of U.S. Ryder Cup Team

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  • Steve Stricker has been in contact with Tiger Woods recently and would love to see him play a leadership role for the U.S. Ryder Cup team this year.
  • Stricker also explained that Woods seems to be in ‘a better place’ in terms of his recovery.
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While the 2021 Ryder Cup is still four months away, the odds of Tiger Woods playing in the event as a captain’s pick are non-existent. U.S. captain Steve Stricker, however, has left the door open for him to be a part of the team in some sort of leadership role, perhaps as a vice-captain.

Stricker was asked about this upcoming Fall’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits during his Wednesday press conference at the PGA Championship. He offered up a bit of insight into Woods’ status in his recovery following his February car accident while firmly holding the door open for the big cat to join the Ryder Cup festivities if he’s ready to do so.

“I’ve talked to him,” Stricker said, according to Golf Digest. “I don’t know if we are there yet to commit to him being there. He’s still got a lot going on. His spirit’s great, though, as of late. We were on a Zoom call with him just this last week and he seems like he’s in a better place. Like I said, though, he’s still got some ways to go.”

“But yeah, I’d love to have him there. Who wouldn’t, right? The guys really respect him, and he did a great job obviously as a captain, but he was also an assistant captain of mine in 2017 at the Presidents Cup, and he was unbelievable. He would do anything for you, and he’s totally, totally vested in the situation and the process. It’s almost to the point that he’s on it early and so much, it’s like, Dude, we’ve still got months to go.”

Tiger Woods’ Latest Health Update

Golf Channel analyst and co-host of the Rippin’ It podcast George Savaricas reported earlier this week that Woods is still waiting for blood circulation to get back to normal in his injured right foot. Woods needs to hit that benchmark for a recovery timeline to fall into place.