CHASKA, Minn. – It was a surreal image, Tiger Woods tooling around Hazeltine National in a golf cart, doling out advice, talking strategy with U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and assisting wherever he could.
While Woods' overall impact may not be known for some time, his presence has already been beneficial for a guy like Patrick Reed.
On Tuesday, during the team’s first practice round, high winds kept most players from going all 18 holes, but Reed wanted to see Hazeltine National’s closing nine.
“All right, well, let’s go,” Woods said to Reed.
The duo drove the back nine backward, with Reed taking his time to study each green. After about three holes, Woods stepped in.
“He's played the golf course before. He's like, this green kind of slopes this way, so if you miss the green, the ball should kind of go there,” Reed said. “He throws the balls over there and says, 'This is where you need to be chipping and this kind of stuff.'”
Woods, the 14-time major champ, nearly captured majors 15 and 16 at Hazeltine, finishing second to Rich Beem in 2002 and to Y.E. Yang in 2009.