Tiger Woods' continuous scrutiny in the media may have developed a serious inferiority complex in the notorious player. The Ryder Cup has a legacy as being one of the most brutal terrains for American golfers – often demolishing their winning streaks with inconsolable losses. Out of the eight recent Cups, the U.S. has lost a whopping six of them, squeezing out a two wins over an eight year span.
However, Woods is determined to bear the total burden of the American teams’ poor playing at this year’s cup single-club-edly. At the Ryder Cup’s press conference Woods had this to say about the U.S.’ tournament performance:
"Certainly I am responsible for that, because I didn't earn the points that I was put out there for," said Woods, "I believe I was out there, what, in five sessions each time, and I didn't go 5-0 on our side. So I certainly am a part of that, and that's part of being a team. I needed to go get my points for my team, and I didn't do that."
While assuming responsibility for the team’s failures may seem like a noble action from one of the world’s most morally scrutinized athletes – it could be all smoke and mirrors. Actually, Woods' performance at the tournament is not his personal great, but it is better than the majority of his teammates. Woods is a 4-1-1 in singles, and unfortunately any bad scores he may rack up have to do with the lack of talent on the part of his teammates.
So while Woods agrees it is only natural to jump on the ‘Shred Tiger Bandwagon,’ his responsibility for the U.S.’s terrible performance is as far-fetched as Clinton’s “I didn’t inhale” pitch.