Tiger Prefers Presidents Cup Over Ryder Cup


SHANGHAI, China -- Tiger Woods prefers the Presidents Cup to the Ryder Cup, insisting there is better camaraderie and more sportsmanship.
Europe has beaten the United States in seven of the last 10 Ryder Cups, with the 2006 matches set for Sept. 22-24 in Ireland. The Presidents Cup pits the United States against an international team of players from outside Europe.
When asked if the Presidents Cup is more fun, Woods said, 'without a doubt.'
'We're all good friends and you see more concessions and more sportsmanship -- more good sportsmanship,' he said Saturday. 'And the way it's supposed to be played rather than the Ryder Cup -- how it used to be played and how it is starting to get back to.'
Woods is competing at the HSBC Champions tournament and was one stroke behind leader David Howell of England entering the final round. He said the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup began with the same concept but evolved differently.
'Unfortunately, the Ryder Cup got a little sidetracked,' he said, declining to mention specific instances of poor sportsmanship.
'How about gamesmanship?' Woods said.
Europe won the last Ryder Cup in 2004 in Michigan when Padraig Harrington made a 25-foot par putt on the 18th hole on the final day. The United States won the Presidents Cup at home in September when Chris DiMarco's 15-foot birdie putt ended his match against Stuart Appleby.