Reflecting on Tiger Woods’ 1997 Ryder Cup debut

Tiger Woods was confirmed as captain on Tuesday, paving the way for his return to the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National.

It's a stage that Woods has graced seven times in his illustrious career, but this will do it. be his first appearance as a player since 2012.

The former world number one has returned to the big fight this year, suggesting that he finally freed himself of his injury problems.

With Woods ready to compete once again for Jim Furyk USA team UU Against Europe, we take a look at his debut in 1997 and how things have changed in the 21 years since then.


Woods was 21 years old when he played in his first Ryder Cup and one of four rookies in the visiting team of Valderrama.

The name of another of those rookies? A certain Mr. Furyk.

But the United States led by Tom Kite lost by the same score as two years earlier – Woods contributed 1.5 points in a loss from 14.5 to 13.5.

He marked a glorious triumph in his native land by the beloved captain of the Europa Team Seve Ballesteros.


After modest starts in the four and four ball formats, Woods was cast in a 40-year-old singles battle – former Costantino Rocca.

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