Lee Westwood thinks Tiger Woods could have "an adverse effect" on America's Ryder Cup team

Woods will be a vice-captain in Hazeltine next week

BY Daniel Kelly 12:09 Thursday 22 September 2016, 12:09 22 Sep 2016

Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood at the 2010 Ryder Cup. Picture by: Jon Super / AP/Press Association Images

Lee Westwood has questioned the role of Tiger Woods on next week's Ryder Cup.

Woods will work as one of Davis Love III's vice-captains for the Hazeltine event. It will be the first time he has taken a background role in a Ryder Cup team since making his debut at Valderrama in 1997.

Woods has not played for the United States in a Ryder Cup since 2012. He missed the 2014 event through injury and has not played in 2016 as he attempts to return from multiple back surgeries.

Westwood was speaking ahead of his tenth appearance in the Ryder Cup, which puts him just one behind Nick Faldo's all-time record of 11.

"I don't know what impact there will be from having Tiger around," the former World number one told ESPN.com. "They [the American team] have always struggled to find a partner for Tiger that's been successful."

"He could have an adverse effect in the team room. People have always seemed to try to do too much when they have partnered him. It might be different if he's one of the vice-captains -- you don't know."

Despite his status as one of the greatest players to play the game, Woods has struggled in Ryder Cup. He has only been on the winning team on one occasion during seven appearances.

In his 29 matches, he has lost 14 times, winning 13 and halving twice.

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