Golf: Woods hopes for Jordan jump factor

USA's Tiger Woods looks at the Ryder Cup with captain Davis Love III. Photo / AP
USA's Tiger Woods looks at the Ryder Cup with captain Davis Love III. Photo / AP

Tiger Woods is hoping Chicago basketball legend Michael Jordan can be a key motivational figure for the United States in their bid to wrestle back the Ryder Cup from Europe this week.

Jordan starred for the Chicago Bulls from 1984 to 1998 during which time he became probably the best-known sportsman in the world, a mantle Woods took over once Jordan had retired and he emerged as a superstar.

Jordan has become an avid golfer, rooting for the US team at previous Ryder Cups and he is a member at Medinah Country Club in Chicago, which hosts the event this week.

US team captain Davis Love has actively encouraged Jordan to be involved with his team, which has four rookies in it, and Woods believes he could be a factor this week.

"This is one of the greatest athletes to ever live, and he wants to be a part of golf and be a part of and share with us what he's been through. For us, that's incredible," Woods said.

"To have him as a part of this, it's priceless for a lot of these guys.

I guess for me, because I consider him like my big brother, gotten to know him so well over the years, I may take that for granted.

"But some of the other guys who don't really know Michael, I think it's a real treat for them."

Woods has a miserable record in the Ryder Cup having been on the winning side just once in his six previous appearances.

That came at Brookline in 1999 and he missed the last US win at Valhalla, Kentucky, four years ago through injury.

Asked if he felt he had let the side down at times in the Ryder Cup in a decade in which he dominated world golf, Woods said he agreed.

"Well, certainly I am responsible for that, because I didn't earn the points that I was put out there for," he said.

"Hopefully I can do that this week, and hopefully the other guys can do the same and we can get this thing rolling."

- AFP

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