Tiger Woods apologized to his U.S. Ryder Cup teammates after his disappointing performance in the U.S.-Europe match last month, according to numerous media reports.
The European team rallied from a 10-6 deficit on the final day to beat the U.S. 14 ½-13 ½. On the first two days, Woods and teammate Steve Stricker lost all three of their matches.
According to ESPN.com, Woods apologized to rookie players Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley.
Tim Rosaforte of the Golf Channel, quoting Snedeker, said, “Tiger got all the rookies in a room, closed the door and personally apologized to everyone for not doing more, for not getting the points he needed to get to get a U.S. victory. For people who don’t think Woods really cares, whenever that turn or that pivot occurred in his career, it has fully turned.”
On Monday, Woods explained why he apologized:
“Steve Stricker and I were sent out to win points and we didn’t do it. It has been difficult, there is no doubt. We held a great lead and couldn’t manage to win from a perfect position going into Sunday. That was tough. Some guys were pretty bummed out by what happened.”