Woods, 42, was coming off his first victory in five years at the Tour Championship, just five days before the start of the team event in Paris. That had completed a stretch of four grueling playoff events in five weeks, which came just weeks after the 100th PGA Championship.
Woods admitted that his body simply was not conditioned for that much golf after recovering from a fourth back procedure in 2017.
“It was just a cumulative effect of the entire season,” Woods said during a Q&A at his annual Tiger Woods Invitational at Pebble Beach on Tuesday. “I was tired because I hadn’t trained for it. I hadn’t trained this entire comeback to play this much golf and on top of that deal with the heat and the fatigue and the loss of weight.”
At the Ryder Cup, Woods lost all three of his group sessions and then dropped his singles match against Spain’s Jon Rahm.
Outside of the pay-per-view “The Match” against Phil Mickelson on Thanksgiving weekend and his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December, Woods said he is mapping out his future schedule.
“I’m still figuring that out,” Woods said. “Flying out here yesterday trying to look at the schedule, it’s the first time I’ve taken a look at it. I’ve been so focused on getting through the playoffs and the Ryder Cup that I just took a look at the schedule and saw how packed it is.”
Woods added that his 80th career victory was still sinking in, and that he’s already looking forward to next year’s Masters. There’s also next year’s Presidents Cup, where he hopes to be a playing captain.
“God I hope so,” said Woods, per Golf Digest. “I really hope to be a playing captain, I really do.”
–Field Level Media