Woods 'would be honoured' to captain USA in Ryder Cup


Tiger Woods "would be honoured" to captain the United States in the Ryder Cup but suggested he hopes to return to playing duties first.

The former world number one served as an assistant to Davis Love III as the USA defeated Europe 17-11 at Hazeltine, winning the event for the first time since 2008.

Woods missed the victory at Valhalla due to the knee injury he suffered capturing that year's U.S. Open, the most recent of his 14 major triumphs.

And despite dominating the sport for over a decade, the 40-year-old has a poor record in the Ryder Cup, winning just once, at Brookline in 1999, from seven appearances.

Asked if he would like to follow Love in orchestrating the USA's campaign at a future event, he said: "Seeing what our captain went through, that's hard. Yeah, I would love to do it. I would be honoured to do it in the future, if asked.

"But from the player standpoint of it, I like playing. I love these guys. I love being out there, in the fight with these guys. I was just in the fight a different way and had to do my role and had to my job in a different way, and it was pretty cool."

Woods, who is aiming to return to competition soon following yet more injury problems, has struggled for form and fitness since revelations of serial infidelity emerged in 2009.

And the vice-captain was not allowed to forget his infamous personal problems as the winning team faced the media in Minnesota on Sunday.

Asked for his best memory off the course this week, the straight-laced Jordan Spieth replied: "We don't speak to off-the-course moments."

But Dustin Johnson, himself no stranger to scrutiny over his private life, interjected: "You sure that's not for Tiger?"

The remark prompted laughter from players and journalists alike, as Woods buried his head in his hands.