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Tiger Says he's to Blame

Updated: October 08, 2012, 16:27

Despite the hyperbolic headline, Woods has come in for surprisingly little heat after a Ryder Cup the U.S. lost by one point, in which he went 0-3-1. Maybe it's because the outcome was decided before Tiger stepped up to the 18th tee on Sunday, maybe it's because there's plenty of blame to go around, and maybe it's because, heading into the last day, the Americans should have won despite Tiger's struggles. Does that make any criticism of Woods, 13-17-2 in Ryder Cup play all-time, "clichéd tosh?"


Woods doesn't seem to think so. The Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte reports that after the U.S. collapse, Woods gathered the team's rookies in private, and apologized for not doing more to make their first Ryder Cup experience a memorable one—or at least memorable for the right reasons.

Appearing on "Morning Drive," Rosaforte revealed, "Brandt [Snedeker] shared with me (at his fundraiser in Memphis) that Tiger got all the rookies in a room, closed the door and personally apologized to everyone for not doing more, for not getting the points he needed to get to get a U.S. victory. For people who don't think Woods really cares, whenever that turn or that pivot occurred in his career, it has fully turned."

Nice gesture by Tiger, but he doesn't owe anyone any apologies. At least, not more than his fellow veterans do—Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk choked just as hard, and much more spectacularly. And there was plenty of second-guessing for team captain Davis Love III, even before the weekend, for selecting his buddies, and that questioning proved to be pretty much justified.

But if you're looking to lay the blame on just one person, how about Gene Wojciechowski for writing the single worst jinx column of all time?


By By Barry Petchesky ('Deadspin')

October 8, 2012

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