United States Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker does not expect Tiger Woods to make an appearance at Whistling Straits this week as he continues his recovery from a car crash in February.
Legendary golfer Woods has been a focal point of USA teams during the competition in years gone by but is not in the right state to be with the group during his rehabilitation from the accident, which saw the 15-major champion lifted out of the wreck by firefighters.
He had been travelling at 84-87mph – double the 45mph speed limit – with his car flipping several times, and while Stricker says he is in constant communication with Woods, he poured scorn on suggestions he could be involved.
‘Probably not going to happen,’ he said ahead of the Ryder Cup, which starts on Friday. ‘He’s been in my ear a lot and I call him pretty regularly. He’s part of our Ryder Cup Team. He’s part of what we do.
‘I know some of the players went over to see him but I think it’s just not a good time for him to be here physically because of where he’s at in his rehabilitation.
‘But he’s getting better and his focus is on making a comeback to play again. We don’t want to get in the way of that because we would all love to see him come back and play.’
Meanwhile, Stricker has insisted he has no worries over the mindset of Brooks Koepka as they head into the tournament later this week.