2018 Junior Ryder Cup - Golf's Next Tiger
While the majority of the golf world is focused on the return of Tiger Woods as Team USA prepares to face Team Europe in the 2018 edition of the Ryder Cup, at GLT Golf, we specialize in the development of aspiring golfers. As such, while we’re eager to see if Tiger can continue his resurgence, we’re equally as interested in the play of another Tiger, Team EU’s Robin Tiger Woods.
Robin, 17, will be making his Junior Ryder Cup debut as Team Europe digs in to defend their home turf at Disneyland, Paris, and hopefully make up for the 2016 squad’s loss to Team USA at Interlachan Golf Club.
Introduced in 1997, the Junior Ryder Cup follows the same basic USA vs. Europe formula as the adult version, and as it does for each event, the 2018 version will serve as the opener for the main event at Le Golf National to be held September 28-30.
Separating the Junior Ryder Cup from its Senior namesake, each team must follow strict roster limits dictated by the age of the golfers. One member of each squad must be a male under the age of 16, 5 boys must be under the age of 18 and 6 girls must be under the age of 18.
Robin is joined on Team Europe by a slew of tournament and national champions. Denmark’s Nicolai Hajgaard, 17, is just the third Dane to win the European Amateur Championship. His twin, Rasmus Hojgaard, defeated his brother to win the Toyota Junior World Cup Championship earlier this season. The pair become the first male twins in the event’s history (Ireland’s Lisa & Leona Maguire, 2008.) England’s Conor Gough, 15, is the current British Boys Amateur Champion. Maitena Alsuguren, 2018 Captain, the EU Golf Association & Ryder Cup Europe selected Spain’s David Puig & Eduard Rousard, as well as Robin.
When questioned about his expectations for the event, Robin cited his desire to play alongside his friends, mentioning his recent pairing with Conor. And of course, even as a fellow competitor, Robin is not immune to Tigermania.
“He has done so much for the sport, especially for non-whites in the game, and millions of kids around the world are inspired to play golf because of him,” Williams said in a recent interview with RyderCup.com. “It would be amazing just to see him!”