TIGER WOODS will not strike fear into the hearts of Team Europe at the Ryder Cup, insists skipper Thomas Bjorn.
The American completed golf’s greatest ever comeback by storming to victory at the Tour Championship after his injury and scandal-plagued career had been all but written off.
Yet Bjorn is adamant that seeing the game’s most dominant player back to the peak of his powers will not faze his 12 warriors in Versailles.
Bjorn, who himself beat a then bulletproof Woods at the 2001 Dubai Desert Classic, said: “We don’t fear anyone because we’ve played against them so many times before individually.
“These are 24 of the best players in the world and when they go up against each other they are all capable of amazing things on both sides.
“We’ll go out and do what we can and play our game.
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“What stands on the other side is one of the strongest American teams of all time, and we know we’ve got to play our best to come up against this team.
“We don’t hide behind what we are, who we are and what we do together.
“We do what we do as a European team and then we go out and take that on the golf course. It’s all 12 Americans. It’s not individual. It’s the whole team we’re up against.”
But America captain Jim Furyk warned his counterpart that Woods, 42, is perfectly poised to make this his best Ryder Cup ever.
And he reckons the key to it is that the 14-time Major champion has finally learned how to embrace team competition.
Furyk said: “When you compare past Ryder Cups to this one, what’s so special now is Tiger has ingrained himself in our team atmosphere.
“What’s important to him now and what’s special is to join these younger players as a team-mate. It’s special for him to be a part of the team.
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“It’s a 12-on-12 type of atmosphere and I think he really enjoys that right now.
“He won yesterday [on Sunday] as an individual and I know how much that means to him, but he’s flipped that page pretty quickly and is really excited to join his team-mates.”