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Tiger Woods shoulders blame for poor record ahead of Ryder Cup

Updated: Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 10:57 | Comments

Tiger Woods is hoping to improve his US Ryder Cup record this weekend
Tiger Woods is hoping to improve his US Ryder Cup record this weekend

Tiger Woods may be the greatest golfer of his generation but he has accepted responsibility for the dismal US showing for the past 15 years at the Ryder Cup.

During a period where Woods reigned supreme over the golf world - winning 74 PGA Tour titles, including 14 majors - he has been unable to extend his dominance to the biennial competition that pits the US best against Europe's best.

A mediocre 13-14-2 record from six Ryder Cups does not enhance the brilliance resume of Woods, who has been able to celebrate just one team win from six Ryder Cup appearances.

Woods's struggles have coincided with lean times for the US with Europe hoisting the Cup in six of the last eight events.

"Well, certainly I am responsible for that because I didn't earn the points that I was put out there for," Woods told reporters.

"I believe I was out there, what, in five sessions each time and I didn't go 5-0 on our side.

"So I certainly am a part of that and that's part of being a team. I needed to go get my points for my team and I didn't do that.

"Hopefully I can do that this week, and hopefully the other guys can do the same and we can get this thing rolling."

Medinah Country Club, which will serve as the scene for this week's 39th showdown, represents a great chance for Woods to improve his record.

Medinah has been a happy hunting ground for the 36-year-old American, who picked up two of his 14 majors at the stately tree-lined layout with victories at the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championships.

"I've always loved coming here," said Woods, who is also a five-time winner of the PGA Tour event at nearby Cog Hill.

"I enjoy playing in Chicago and for some reason, I've just had a lot of success here.

"I don't know what it is but I seem to be very, very comfortable here."

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