The PGA of America will announce the captain of the next U.S. Ryder Cup team competing in September 2025 at Bethpage Black during a 12 noon press conference Tuesday at the NASDAQ building in New York. However, Tiger Woods—who had been the speculative favorite to helm the red, white and blue—will not be the name that is revealed, sources tell Golf Digest. According to multiple outlets, Woods has allegedly turned the offer down. Sports Illustrated and the Telegraph were the first to report the news.

With Woods out of the mix, Stewart Cink, Fred Couples and Davis Love III are potential candidates for the captain position.

Captains are usually named 20 months in advance of the Ryder Cup, and the Europeans have already brought back winning 2023 captain Luke Donald. Woods, 48, had been linked to the role and continually expressed his interest in the duty. Departing PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh also confirmed his organization was in talks with Woods for the job.

Conversely, Woods had asserted he was unsure if he had the time capacity to take on the responsibility.

“We’re still working on what that might look like, also whether or not I have the time to do it,” Woods said in May at the PGA Championship. “I’m dedicating so much time to what we’re doing with the PGA Tour, I don’t want to not fulfill the role of the captaincy if I can’t do it.”

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Woods was referring to his roles on the boards of the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Enterprises, along with his position on the tour’s transaction team, all of which have been focused on the tour’s potential deal with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

“What that all entails and representing Team USA and the commitments to the PGA of America, the players, and the fans and as I said, all of Team USA,” Woods continued. “I need to feel that I can give the amount of time that it deserves.”

The 2025 Ryder Cup begins Sept. 26 at Bethpage Black. The Europeans are the defending champs, but the Americans have won three of the last four Ryder Cups contested in the United States.

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