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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Ryder Cup: With Tiger Woods' help, Jim Furyk hopes US can end '25 years of scars'

United States captain determined to end run of defeats on European soil and hopes to have Woods to help young team

Jim Furyk was part of the US sides for all five of those losses in Europe between 1997 and 2014. Francois Mori / AP Photo
Jim Furyk was part of the US sides for all five of those losses in Europe between 1997 and 2014. Francois Mori / AP Photo

United States Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk conceded on Tuesday his young team will have "25 years of scars to overcome" when they bid for a first win on European soil since 1993 next year in Paris.

The US are the holders of the Ryder Cup after their victory at Hazeltine last year, but have suffered five successive away defeats.

And Furyk would love to have 14-time major champion Tiger Woods on the team, whether as a player or a vice-captain, to end their run of defeats.

"We have 25 years of scars to overcome," Furyk said in the French capital.

"But that being said, I will have a lot of young talent on my team and I'm anxious to see how they handle that challenge.

"And surely, Europe has handled those away matches far better for the last 25 years than we have. So we might have to take a page from their book and try and figure it out."

Furyk, 47, was part of the American sides for all five of those losses in Europe between 1997-2014, but he hopes the exciting young raft of US golfers can help turn things around.

Americans Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas all won major championships this year, with Koepka the oldest of the three at just 27.

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"I'd like to see how those young guys react, and hopefully we'll react better than we have done in the past," added Furyk, the 2003 US Open champion.

Meanwhile Woods, 41, posted a video on Twitter of himself hitting a shot with his driver on Sunday and has been cleared to resume 'full golf activities' by doctors after his fourth back surgery in April.

He has not played since February, when he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic.

"I will say that Tiger Woods is a great resource and would be a welcome to the team, whether that would be as a playing personnel or whether that would be as a vice-captain," Furyk said."He's been a great resource and a great person to have in the team room, so I'm hoping he will be part of that team."

In contrast to his American counterpart, European captain Thomas Bjorn only tasted Ryder Cup defeat for the first time last year as vice-captain to Darren Clarke, after three wins from three as a player in 1997, 2002 and 2014.

"I'm a professional athlete; losing always hurts," the Dane said. "You've got to look at Hazeltine ... there was certainly a transition on the European team, and an American team that played unbelievably well, and it became a very difficult task for Darren and the team from earlier on in the week.

"And sometimes, I think we lose track about that there's two extremely capable sides standing across from each other, and there's only one that can win.

"And it was the Americans' turn to win. They played better than we did."