STRAFFAN, Ireland -- Not even Tiger Woods can get special
treatment when it comes to the United States Ryder Cup team.
Woods, the world's No. 1 player, was made to stand up and sing
in front of his teammates after he tried to escape a bonding
session organized by captain Tom Lehman.
As part of Lehman's plan to foster togetherness, he asked each
member of the side to stand up and sing their college fight
The scouting report: Tiger Woods needs to stick to golf.
"He wasn't good," Scott Verplank said. "And he didn't like
doing it. I wouldn't recommend he go to a recording studio or
anything. Tom got him a little embarrassed, which was good, and
everybody had a good laugh."
Tiger tried to avoid publicly humiliating himself in front of the
other 11 players and the backroom staff, sneaking off in the midst of the song session.
"He kind of bailed out of there when it got rowdy," Verplank said. "He snuck off and signed all the autographs for
all our stuff but when we all got back to the team room we put
him on the spot and made him sing to us.
Lehman was asked the name of the song for Woods, who spent two
years at Stanford.
"I've never heard it before, and I couldn't recognize it when
was singing it, either," Lehman said. "I'm totally lost."
Woods wasn't the only one who took it on the chin.
"Some of us, including myself, didn't really know all the
words," said Verplank, an Oklahoma State alum. "You kind of
exposed a few guys. They think they are pretty good fans, and they
don't even know the words to the fight song at their school."
It was another example of an American team that appears to be
enjoying this Ryder Cup.
Jim Furyk recently told Golf World magazine that the Americans
look like they are "constipated" when they're at the Ryder Cup.
Lehman has stressed that he wants his team to have more fun.
On the practice range Tuesday morning, the Americans huddled
together before splitting up into their foursomes. They switched
partners after nine holes and Lehman instructed everyone to put
$100 in a pot for a skins game. Cink took home most of the money.
While on the Palmer Course, the Americans signed plenty of
autographs, another change.
There is supposed to be a no-autograph policy on the course, but
the Europeans violated that at Oakland Hills while trying to earn
support from the American gallery, and Lehman said his team would
do the same this year.
Told about the all the activities by the Americans, Colin
Montgomerie was asked what he had been doing.
"We've actually been playing golf, believe it or not," he said
with a smile. "That's why we're here."
Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.