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Tiger Woods given task of rebuilding US golf

SERIOUS BUSINESS: Tiger Woods

THE US Ryder Cup team has created an 11-man task force in order to rebuild the team after losing their third successive competition in Gleneagles last month.

Tiger Woods, who missed this years tournament through injury and Phil Mickleson are part of the group although the last captain to lead the USA to a win, Paul Azinger, has declined to take part. Mickleson publicly slammed captain Tom Watson and his strategy after they suffered a 16 ½ - 11 ½ defeat in Scotland.

The PGA of America president Ted Bishop said: “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.

“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.”

Europe have won eight of the last ten Ryder Cups, with Azinger being the only man to lead them to victory this century, with Mickleson praising his leadership in comparison to that of Watson.

Woods 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.”

There are rumours that Azinger will return to the helm for the 2016 competition which will be held at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.

English golfer, Lee Westwood supported that suggestion when he stated on social media: “What a massive pat on the back & confidence booster it is for Europe that team USA needs to create a Ryder Cup task force!!!

“Maybe because Paul Azinger is not on this task force means he's in the frame for the next captaincy. Must be something the TF is discussing.”

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