Tiger Woods’ struggles cost US more than a Ryder Cup point


No, you cannot blame Tiger Woods for what happened to the US Ryder Cup team Friday.Woods is one of 12 players on this American team that’s trying to bring the treasured gold chalice home from foreign soil for the first time in 25 years.

And his was only one match in the eight that were played Friday at Le Golf National, where the Europeans took a 5-3 opening-day lead that felt more like 15-3 by day’s end because of the way Europe got to that end result — winning the final five matches after falling behind 3-0.

But it was Woods’ match — a 2 & 1 loss with partner Patrick Reed to Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood from the anchor position in the morning fourballs — that began the landslide that threatens to bury the US side before Sunday’s singles matches begin.