Furyk gives Woods and Stricker the nod

21 February 2018 09:19:15 EST

Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker have been named as vice-captains for the United States as they look to defend the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris later this year.

Skipper Jim Furyk has given the experienced pair the nod to advise him at the highly-anticipated competition in France.

"To win in Paris will be a great challenge. To have Steve and Tiger share the journey is important for me and for American golf," Furyk said.

"Their knowledge and experience will be an invaluable resource in our effort to retain the Ryder Cup."

Woods has not yet been ruled out of actually playing in the event but Furyk has admitted he will need to see much more of Tiger through the coming months.

"I'd like to do what's best for Tiger," Furyk added. "If he could be valuable as a player, I'm sure we would want him playing on this team but I'm anxious to see how he plays this year."

The Americans comfortably beat Europe at Hazeltine in 2016 and will be looking to retain the trophy when the action starts from 28-30 September.

Europe are 11/10 to win and 10/11 to lose to the US.

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