Woods wants to be U.S. Ryder Cup captain, but only after playing more

Tiger Woods at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final
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Being the U.S. Ryder Cup captain "would be fantastic," said Tiger Woods, but not for at least a few more years.
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Series: Other Tour

Published: Monday, October 08, 2012 | 4:49 p.m.

BELEK, Turkey -- Tiger Woods has revealed he would like to captain the US Ryder Cup team at some point in the future.

The world No. 2 suffered his sixth defeat in seven Ryder Cup appearances during last month's latest contest, when he won just half a point in four matches.

However, Woods, who has now won 15 and lost 17 of his 35 cup matches, admits his playing experience has not put him off leading the Americans at some stage.

"One day, that would be fantastic," said Woods on Monday at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final exhibition. "It would be a huge honor -- hopefully it doesn't happen in the near future.

"I would like to be able to play for a lot more teams, but certainly one day when my career is slowing down or it's over, it would be huge to be part of a Ryder Cup from the captaincy side."

Woods also said he apologized to the four rookies on this year's U.S. team for his lack of point-scoring at Medinah.

Woods, who was benched for the first time ever in the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup at Medinah, lost all three of his team matches with Steve Stricker before halving his singles with Francesco Molinari after Martin Kaymer's win over Stricker in the match ahead had ensured that Europe retained the trophy.

Woods sat down with Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson and Brandt Snedeker, and said he was sorry for not getting the points that would have given Davis Love's side an even bigger lead than the 10-6 advantage they took into the final day.

"I had an opportunity to earn three points in team sessions, but I did not do that. It was tough," added Woods. "Stricks and I went out there and tried to earn points for the team and didn't do that and it was frustrating.

"We had a four-point lead and we went 0-3," he explained. "If we could have earned a couple of points, it would have been a pretty good lead going into Sunday's singles."

Asked about the disappointment of suffering his sixth defeat in seven Ryder Cup appearances, Woods, added: "It probably did not set in for a few days because I had two sick kids to take care of. I was focused on them.

"Then I started to talk to my friends, guys on the team, and once it started sinking in, the position we were in and what had transpired, it got a little tough for a couple of days.

"I texted Freddie (Couples, a vice-captain) quite a bit and Stricks as well," he said. "Then like anything it's a tournament loss and you have to move on to the next event. We lose a lot more than we win in this sport and you learn to move on."