- The 2023 Ryder Cup is scheduled to begin in Rome, Italy, later this week
- Björn has suggested that golf icon Woods could be involved in some way
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Tiger Woods could join Team USA in some capacity at the Ryder Cup this week, according to Europe vice-captain Thomas Bjorn.
The prestigious golf tournament pitting America against Europe is set to begin on Friday, with Zach Johnson’s US team heading across the pond for a chance at glory in Rome, Italy.
Johnson and Co. are aiming to become the first Americans to win on European soil since 1993, a feat that would also see the country win the title for the first time in as many years.
And Bjorn, who captained Europe to victory in 2018, believes their rivals could take inspiration from golf icon Woods this weekend.
“I’ve read reports that Zach has had conversations with Tiger, but everyone in golf has a lot of respect for Tiger,” the Dane said Betway.
Tiger Woods could be with Team USA at the Ryder Cup, says Europe VC Thomas Björn
Zach Johnson’s team wants to become the first American to win in Europe since 1993
Björn believes their Ryder Cup rivals could take inspiration from golf icon Woods
“I’m sure the respect is even greater in America.” Why wouldn’t you lean on him? We still rely on our great players like Monty and Ole.
“We have these people around us and we use them.” You can always ask a champion because he likes to talk about how he did it, how he became successful and how good he is or was. Rightly so, because they are great stories to listen to.
“I’m sure Zach knows that and it wouldn’t surprise me if Tiger was there next week in some capacity. “He’s arguably the best player of all time and has a lot to offer. “When he talks, it’s hard not to listen.”
Woods, a 15-time major champion and one of the greatest golfers in history, has not played in a Ryder Cup himself since 2018.
The 47-year-old has played in eight tournaments throughout his career and won 13 of 37 games (13-21-3). He was part of the USA’s 1999 Ryder Cup winning team.
Despite his legendary status and wealth of experience, as well as Björn’s advice, Johnson says Woods will not make the trip to Rome.
“No, Tiger will not come to Italy with us.” “He has a lot to do,” he said this week.
But Johnson has confirmed that Woods will not travel to Rome for the tournament
“As far as talking to him and communicating with him, we’ve gotten to this point and he understands that now that we have our feet on the ground, it’s probably best if we do it ourselves take in hand.”
“But he’s always in the inside corner, and at this point the encouragement is on his side.”
“Whether he’s texting the guys or the vice-captains and captains, he’s there to encourage them because year after year he invests a lot in what we do with Team USA and that has never stopped, and I’m grateful for that.”‘