Tiger Woods plays his shot from the 16th tee during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club.
"Tiger Woods' win at the Tour Championship was an unforgettable event in golf, the massive gallery following Tiger up the 18th fairway was matched by record viewership across NBC Sports platforms", Mike McCarley, president of golf for NBC Sports, said in a statement. "We want to see him at the top of the game".
Two spinal fusion surgeries a year ago threatened to wreak further havoc with the former force of golf, who has struggled with form ever since his infidelity scandal in 2009. The final round of The Open, in which Woods finished tied for sixth, was the event's highest US ratings in 18 years. As the U.S. team touched down in Paris day lunchtime, all eyes were on the resurgent Woods. It's probably the biggest, grandest event in all golf but it'll add that much more excitement I believe.
Furyk conceded a number of fans were "unruly" at Hazeltine but is not expecting to receive the same treatment at Le Golf National on the outskirts of Paris when the biennial contest gets under way on Friday.
During his prime years Woods was a focused, solitary figure, able to communicate with fellow players or the media only through a fixed-smile veneer that gave nothing away and invited nobody in. That game earned a 15.3 rating, up 11 percent over the national game in the same Week 3 window on CBS a year ago.
Woods' last two years have been maligned by a host of surgeries that attempted to correct back and nerve pain.
Current captain Thomas Bjorn, who had some memorable battles with Woods as a player, also welcomed his return. What stands on the other side, we know, is one of the strongest American teams of all time.
The Dane says he will use the upcoming practice days to fine-tune his strategy as Europe bid to win back the trophy following defeat at Hazeltine in 2016.