We’re not afraid of Tiger says Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn
Thomas Bjorn insisted Europe do not fear Tiger Woods as the American superstar arrived in France for this week’s Ryder Cup.
The former world No.1 beat the best players in the world to win the Tour Championship – his first title for over five years.
Woods is now the favourite to win his 15th Major at the Masters.
And US captain Jim Furyk said the win gave “a nice buzz for our team” before the Americans bid to win on European soil for the first time since 1993.
But European skipper Bjorn said: “We want to see him at the top of the game. He does so much for the game of golf.
"Tiger Woods winning golf tournaments is something that’s brilliant for the game and I think we all benefit from it.
"The game of golf needs that boost of somebody like him that transcends the game to the masses.
“But these are 24 of the best players in the world when they go up against each other, they are all capable of amazing things on both sides.
"We don’t fear anyone because we’ve played against them so many times before individually but we respect our opponents and know what we are up against.”
Woods has only won the Ryder Cup once in seven appearances and also has a losing individual record in the matchplay showdown.
Earlier in his career, he was bigger than the American team and intimidated his team-mates.
Furyk, who originally picked Woods as a vice-captain in January, said: “He won yesterday as an individual and I know how much that means to him and how important it was.
"But he’s flipped that page pretty quickly and is really excited to join his teammates and move forward in that process.
“When you look at now, maybe comparing past Ryder Cups to this one, I think what’s so special is Tiger has engrained himself in our team atmosphere and became such a big part of the team in 2016 as a vice captain,and then again in 2017 as an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup, I think it’s special for him now to join these younger players as a team-mate.”
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