MELBOURNE, Australia – Tiger Woods insisted he was not injured after being sidelined for “back-to-back” meetings as the United States continues to compete in the Presidents’ Cup.
Saturday’s four-match race left the seven-time American champions falling to Ernie Els International 9-5 in Melbourne, where Woods sat.
Although the US faces a worrying battle to maintain its stranglehold on the tournament, Captain Woods has again selected Justin Thomas’ partner Rickie Fowler for his four-legged afternoon.
It was a surprise given that Woods won consecutive races with Thomas on Thursday and Friday at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
However, 15-year-old big champion Woods – who equaled Phil Mickelson’s record for the Presidents Cup on Friday – told reporters: “You have to do your best for the team and get ready for the singles tomorrow [Sunday].”
“I tried to talk, too,” added Woods, who denied being injured. “But, you know, that’s what it is, and we’re going to go out there and try to get some points today and be ready for tomorrow.”
Woods ‘decision to step out of action until Sunday’s singles has surprised international captain Els, whose team is well on track for its first trophy of the Presidents’ Cup since 1998.
“Yes, especially the way he plays with JT,” Els replied when asked if he was surprised by Woods’ absence. “But JT has been solid in their hands and seems to work well with Rickie.
“But yes, I thought the Tiger would play this afternoon.”
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