Tiger apologized to US Ryder rookies: report

After failing to win a match at the Ryder Cup, Tiger Woods privately apologized to four first-time members of the American side after their defeat by Europe, according to a Golf Channel report Monday.

Tim Rosaforte, a contributor to the television network, said on a morning show on the Golf Channel that Woods apologized for not earning enough points to teammates Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley.

Rosaforte said he learned of the gathering from Snedeker at a charity fundraising event in Memphis, Tennessee.

"Tiger got all the rookies in a room, closed the door and personally apologized to everyone for not doing more, for not getting the points he needed to get to get a US victory," Rosaforte said.

"For people who don't think Woods really cares, whenever that turn or that pivot occurred in his career, it has fully turned."

Woods went 0-3 with a halved match against Italy's Francesco Molinari after Europe had already clinched retaining the Cup, making the final count 14 1/2-13 1/2 for Europe after a last-day European fightback at Medinah on September 30.

Woods, 13-17-3 in Ryder Cup matches, played on only one winning Ryder Cup side, that being the American squad that made a similar last-day rally to win in 1999 at Brookline, Massachusetts.

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