Tiger Woods Still Hasn't Made a Decision on 2025 U.S. Ryder Cup Captaincy

The overwhelming favorite to captain the U.S. team in 2025 at Bethpage Black cited the time he currently spends working on the PGA Tour Policy Board.
Tiger Woods remains noncommittal on captaining the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2025 at Bethpage Black.
Tiger Woods remains noncommittal on captaining the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2025 at Bethpage Black. / Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tiger Woods remains noncommittal on a potential U.S. Ryder Cup captaincy as a decision for selecting the 2025 captain looms.

Woods, who has been considered the overwhelming favorite for the position at Bethpage Black next year when the U.S. tries to regain the Cup from Europe, has consistently put off a decision, saying his duties on the PGA Tour Policy Board take precedent.

Those responsibilities are not waning and Woods was asked Tuesday at Valhalla about where his discussions stood with PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh; Woods had suggested at the Masters that he would be meeting with Waugh leading up to this week’s PGA Championship.

“We're still talking. There's nothing that has been confirmed yet,” Woods said. “We're still working on what that might look like. Also whether or not I have the time to do it. I'm dedicating so much time to what we're doing with the PGA Tour, I don't want to not fulfill the role of the captaincy if I can't do it.

“What that all entails and representing Team USA and the commitments to the PGA of America, the players, and the fans and as I said, all of Team USA. I need to feel that I can give the amount of time that it deserves.”

Woods, 48, played in eight Ryder Cups and was an assistant to Davis Love III in 2016. He also served as the playing captain for the 2019 Presidents Cup, where in 2019 Woods went 3-0 as a player and led the team to a tight victory over the International squad in Australia.

He also served as an assistant to Steve Stricker at the 2017 Presidents Cup and has been a behind-the-scenes voice in all of the recent team competitions.

A decision is typically made in early spring of the year prior to the Ryder Cup. Europe has already named Luke Donald to continue in his successful winning role from last year in Rome.

Last year, Woods joined the PGA Tour Policy Board as one of its player directors and last week was appointed to a “transaction committee” that will deal directly with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia in an effort to make a deal for PGA Tour Enterprises.

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Bob Harig


Bob Harig is a senior golf writer for Sports Illustrated. He has more than 25 years experience covering golf, including 15 at ESPN. Bob is a regular guest on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and has written two books, DRIVE: The Lasting Legacy of Tiger Woods and Tiger and Phil: Golf's Most Fascinating Rivalry. He graduated from Indiana University where he earned an Evans Scholarship, named in honor of the great amateur golfer Charles (Chick) Evans Jr. Bob, a former president of the Golf Writers Association of America, lives in Clearwater, Florida.