Sleepless in Medinah: Tiger Woods distressed after Ryder Cup meltdown

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Tiger Woods has had trouble sleeping since the United States' collapse in the Ryder Cup.

Tiger Woods was so upset about the collapse of his United States Ryder Cup team on Sunday that the 14-time major winner tossed and turned all night.

Woods told American captain Davis Love III on the day after the Europeans overcame a 10-6 deficit to beat the U.S. 14.5-13.5 that he struggled all night trying to figure out how the beatdown occurred.

“Tiger did not sleep a wink,” Love confided to the U.K.’s Daily Express before heading to this week’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open. “It has been tough for all of us. I’m going to Las Vegas to play this week and I’m trying to find a bag without USA written on it.”

Woods, whom critics believe cares not a whit about team competition, suffered his worst showing in seven Ryder Cup appearances, earning just half a point at the tourney at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago. Clearly, his lackluster performance ate at him, if Love reported their conversation correctly.

Love also told the publication that it was Woods’ suggestion that he and Steve Stricker -- who combined with Tiger to go 0-3 in team competition last week -- bring up the rear in Sunday’s singles play. By the time Stricker lost the deciding point to Martin Kaymer, Woods was left to mop up in a meaningless contest with Francesco Molinari.

“Tiger said, ‘Put Stricker and me at the end. If it comes to us, we’ll be ready,’” Love said. “Tiger has won three times this year and he’s the greatest golfer ever. Hearing those words from him was enough for me.”

Woods, meanwhile, will try to put his disappointing Ryder Cup experience behind him with a busy stretch if events this fall. He’ll begin his world tour by competing in next week’s World Golf Final at the Antalya Golf Club’s PGA Sultan Course in Belek, Antalya, Turkey.

After watching Rory McIlroy celebrate last week’s Ryder Cup win, Woods will meet up with his new pal at the $5.2 million event. Also in the field of the star-studded tourney will be Ryder Cup players Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar, and Webb Simpson.

From there, Woods will travel stateside to host the Tiger Woods Invitational from October 16-October 18, in Pebble Beach, Calif. As part of the festivities involving amateur players, Woods will put on an exhibition and host a dinner for the participants.

The next leg of Woods’ schedule will put him in Malaysia, from October 25-October 28, for the third annual CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur. Jason Dufner (who went 3-1-0 in his Ryder Cup debut), Nick Watney, and Rickie Fowler are among those who have already committed to the joint PGA and Asian Tour event.

Woods will finish off his 2012 season by hosting the 14th annual World Challenge, from November 28-December 2 at Sherwood Country Club. He birdied the final two holes of last year’s tourney to beat Zach Johnson and win his tournament for the fifth time.

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