Tiger Woods breaks silence on US Ryder Cup captaincy snub before teasing future gig | Golf | Sport

Tiger Woods has revealed that his busy schedule prevented him from taking on the responsibility of captaining the US Ryder Cup team in 2025.

Team USA – who suffered a humiliating victory against Team Europe last time around – instead turned to Keegan Bradley.

Bradley is set to replace Zach Johnson as Team USA captain – the man who brutally snubbed him for a spot at the 2023 edition last autumn.

But Woods has refused to rule out accepting the role of skipper in the future, with the 15-time major winner revealing it is a position that appeals to him.

Speaking via a PGA Tour statement, Woods said: “With my new responsibilities to the Tour and time commitments involved, I felt like I would not be able to commit the time to Team USA and the players required as a captain.

“That does not mean I wouldn’t want to captain a team in the future. If and when I feel it is the right time, I will put my hat in the ring for this committee to decide.”

It’s claimed by The Sun that Woods was willing to take the captaincy role this time around, but only if the number of duties was reduced.

However, even the great Tiger Woods wasn’t able to convince the PGA Tour into such a change, leading to him passing up on the chance to head Team USA at the event in New York next year.

Instead, one of the major issues Woods will spend his time dealing with away from the course is the ongoing split between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

It was reported last month that Woods is taking a proactive approach to ending the sport’s civil war, as part of his role as a PGA Tour player director.

Players on the PGA Tour’s player directors board have been actively encouraged to meet with the Saudi Public Investment Fund – the body behind LIV Golf’s emergence.

And it was suggested that Woods and co. have offered ‘crucial insight’ into the situation, as the PGA Tour look to edge closer towards a ‘positive outcome’.

A memo shared to players on the Tour last month read: “Our talks are ongoing, with the goal of developing a shared vision for the future of professional golf that is pro-competitive and provides players with the best global opportunities.

“Your Player Directors have been crucial in this process. Their insights and perspectives are steering us towards a positive outcome, and we will keep you updated as additional work is accomplished.”

Back on the golf course, players on the PGA Tour are gearing up for the Scottish Open, which kicks off at The Renaissance Club later this week.

It will also mark the return to competitive action for Rory McIlroy, who took a hiatus following his crushing collapse at the US Open last month.

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