Recovering Tiger Woods won't be with Steve Stricker's Ryder Cup team, but legend is 'progressing'

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Who did Stricker pick for Ryder Cup?

U.S. Captain Steve Stricker announced six selections — Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth — to the team for the biennial international showdown which returns later this month after a one-year postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ForbesU.S. Captain Steve Stricker Rounds Out Ryder Cup Team With Six Selections

Steve Stricker on Tiger Woods' rehab: 'Things are moving in the right direction'

The Athletic 08 September, 2021 - 07:40pm

Tiger Woods can't join the U.S. team at the Ryder Cup, but captain Steve Stricker, who has stayed in touch with the golfer, said Woods' rehab is "progressing."

"I've talked to Tiger a lot," Stricker told Carl Paulson and Dennis Paulson on SiriusXM's "Inside the Ropes" on Wednesday. "He's a part of this Ryder Cup family; he won't be able to be a captain's assistant this time around just because of his ongoing rehabilitation to try to get better and try to play golf again, and that is going well. He's progressing, he's doing well, things are moving in the right direction."

Stricker provided the update on Woods after unveiling the U.S. team's 12-player Ryder Cup roster.

Woods is recovering from significant leg injuries he sustained in a single-car crash in Southern California in February. The 45-year-old had open fractures in the upper and lower portions of his right leg, and additional injuries to his foot and ankle which required screws and pins to be inserted.

In April, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Woods' crash was caused by driving at an unsafe speed and that he was going 75 miles per hour when his vehicle hit a tree.

Woods last played at the PNC Championship's father-son event with his son, Charlie, in December 2020. Prior to that, he made his last official tournament appearance at the 2020 Masters in November.

Captain's Picks: Stricker names his six U.S. Team picks

RyderCup.com 08 September, 2021 - 09:32am

Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay automatically qualified following the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship. Daniel Berger, Harris English, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth will now join them for the matches September 24-26 at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin.

Here is a breakdown of Stricker’s six picks:

Season at a glance: Finau vaulted up the U.S. standings late with a victory at The Northern Trust two weeks ago. The performance was nearly enough to earn him an automatic spot on the team, until Patrick Cantlay won the BMW Championship the following week. He played well three years ago in his rookie Ryder Cup appearance and his length off the tee should be a huge asset at a burly Whistling Straits venue.

Season at a glance: There was no way the Olympic gold medalist was going to be left off this team. This was Schauffele’s only victory this year, and it didn’t count toward Ryder Cup points, but he’s otherwise produced a stellar, consistent record with six top-10 finishes. He was ranked fourth in strokes gained: total and seventh on the PGA Tour this year in scoring average. Will likely partner with Patrick Cantlay.

Houston Texans name Tyrod Taylor Week 1 starting quarterback as Deshaun Watson sits

The Washington Post 06 September, 2021 - 11:25am

As Deshaun Watson has been largely absent from the practice field, the Houston Texans have named Tyrod Taylor their Week 1 starting quarterback.

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The Houston Texans will have a new quarterback under center.

Head coach David Culley announced Monday that Tyrod Taylor will start the season opener Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

"Well, Tyrod Taylor is going to start for us at quarterback, for sure," Culley said Monday during a press conference. "I know that’s the one everyone’s wondering. It has come up before, but he will start for us on Sunday."

This comes as incumbent starter and three-time Pro Bowler Deshaun Watson continues to face 22 civil lawsuits from women alleging sexual misconduct or assault. Watson also demanded a trade in the offseason and was mostly held out of the team's training camp practices.

Watson is still on Houston's active roster, but the NFL is still investigating the allegations against him.

Taylor, 32, has played in the NFL 10 seasons, most recently with the Los Angeles Chargers. He completed 16 of 30 passes for 208 yards as the Week 1 starter, but he was sidelined the following week when a doctor accidentally punctured his lung with a pain-killing injection. The mishap forced Taylor to miss several games, and rookie first-round selection Justin Herbert taken control of the starting job by the time the veteran was healthy.

Taylor has also played for the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens in his career. He was the starter in Buffalo during his time there from 2015-17.

In his career, Taylor has completed 61.4% of his passes for 9,770 yards with 54 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Taylor signed with the Texans in March

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