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Woods apologized to Ryder Cup teammates

Oct. 8, 2012 at 8:04 PM

ANTALYA, Turkey, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods said Monday he apologized to his U.S. Ryder Cup teammates for not doing more to prevent Europe's comeback win in this year's event.

Woods, speaking to reporters in Turkey where he's competing in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, said he issued the apologies to rookie teammates Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley after the United States blew a big lead in the final round of the Sept. 28-30 event.

Woods said he regretted he wasn't able to win his team match with partner Steve Stricker against Europeans Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia on the second day, which would have given the Americans a big enough lead to weather Europe's third-round rally, ESPN reported.

The Americans' 10-6 advantage after Round 2 dissipated and they ended up losing 14 1/2 to 13 1/2.

"I had an opportunity to earn three points in team sessions and didn't do that," the world No. 2 said. "My point [in the singles] didn't matter when all was said and done. Steve Stricker and I were sent out to win points and we didn't do it. That was frustrating."

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