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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 September 2006, 11:26 GMT 12:26 UK
Woods surprised by Ryder Cup hype
Tiger Woods
World number one Woods has a mediocre Ryder Cup record
World number one Tiger Woods has admitted he struggles to understand the hype surrounding the Ryder Cup.

Asked whether he wondered why fans get so excited about the event, Woods answered: "Yeah, I do actually. Maybe you can shed some light on that?"

However, Woods told BBC Five Live he is fully committed to helping the United States regain the cup next weekend.

"I'm trying to get as many points as my captain puts me out for, to help the team bring the cup back to US soil."

Woods, who has won five successive tournaments, has a Ryder Cup record of seven wins, 11 losses and two halves in four previous outings.

RYDER CUP BLOG
Jay Townsend
BBC Sport Ryder Cup blog

And the 12-time major winner believes the matchplay format makes the event somewhat of a lottery.

"[Over] 18 holes, anything can happen," said Woods.

"Then you throw in the fact a partner's involved and anything can happen.

"The longer a [strokeplay] tournament goes, the more advantage the better player has. But 18 holes has always been a sprint.

"But I'm up for every single [Ryder Cup] - that's what people don't understand.

"When I lose a match, it's frustrating. Any time that I've lost any point for my team it's been frustrating.

"Hopefully this year we can get more points and we can get rolling as a team in a positive direction and not fall too far behind, like in the past."

US RYDER CUP TEAM

 

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