19 Nov 2015

Tiger Woods becomes Ryder Cup vice-captain

10:09 am on 19 November 2015

The United States Ryder Cup golf captain Davis Love III has appointed 14-times major winner Tiger Woods as one of his vice-captains for next year's Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota.

Tiger Woods, Virginia, August, 2015.

Tiger Woods, Virginia, August, 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

39 year old Woods is a veteran of seven Ryder Cups as a player, most recently in 2012 under Love's captaincy, and is battling to recover from a nagging back injury that led him to undergo two surgeries over the past two months.

Love also announced that Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk would be vice-captains, joining Tom Lehman who was introduced earlier this year as the first of five assistants under a new management system unveiled by the PGA of America to help revive U.S. fortunes.

The U.S. will be bidding to end a dismal stretch of eight defeats by Europe in the last 10 editions of the biennial team competition when the 2016 Ryder Cup is held next September.

"These three guys, joining Tom Lehman, will send a message to our team that we are really serious about this Ryder Cup," Love said during a news conference on the eve of this week's RSM Classic, the PGA Tour event which he hosts at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

"We are ahead of the game this time and it lets potential team members know that we are going to do whatever it takes to put them in the best position to win in 2016."