Tiger and Phil help­ing Yanks find for­mula to win Ry­der Cup

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TIGER WOODS and Phil Mick­el­son are part of an 11-strong “task force” cre­ated to ex­am­ine all as­pects of the US Ry­der Cup process in the wake of last month’s crush­ing de­feat at Gle­nea­gles.

But the man praised by Mick­el­son for cre­at­ing a win­ning for­mula, 2008 cap­tain Paul Azinger, has turned down the chance to for­mally take part.

The PGA of Amer­ica said the task force would ex­am­ine the se­lec­tion of Ry­der Cup cap­tains and vice-cap­tains, the qual­i­fy­ing sys­tem, the dates by which the team is de­ter­mined and the tim­ing of wild card selections.

“The Ry­der Cup is our most prized com­pet­i­tive as­set and the PGA of Amer­ica is com­mit­ted to util­is­ing our ut­most en­ergy and re­sources to support one of the big­gest events in all of sport,” said PGA of Amer­ica pres­i­dent Ted Bishop.


“The Ry­der Cup Task Force, co-chaired by PGA vice pres­i­dent Derek Sprague and PGA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Pete Be­vac­qua, is an ex­cit­ing and com­pre­hen­sive ini­tia­tive that will guide the PGA in de­vel­op­ing the right strat­egy and build­ing on­go­ing pro­cesses and in­fra­struc­ture for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of US teams.”

The other mem­bers of the task force are for­mer cap­tains Ray­mond Floyd, Tom Lehman and Davis Love, play­ers Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Mick­el­son Steve Stricker and Woods, and PGA sec­re­tary Paul Levy.

Woods who was not part of the team in Gle­nea­gles, said: “I think this is a great step by the PGA to ac­com­plish what we all want – to win the Ry­der Cup.

“The Ry­der Cup is very im­por­tant to ev­ery player who has the hon­our to rep­re­sent his coun­try.

“I’m ex­cited to be part of this group.”

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