United States Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk believes Tiger Woods is fully focused on enjoying success in a team environment after ending his personal win drought at the Tour Championship on Sunday.
More than five years on from his previous PGA Tour win, a rejuvenated Woods completed a sensational comeback from multiple back surgeries by claiming an emotional victory in the final event of the FedEx Cup season.
A long-awaited 80th PGA Tour triumph sparked delirious scenes at East Lake, where the 14-time major champion was surrounded by a sea of spectators as he made his way up the 18th fairway.
Yet while Tiger's Tour Championship glory was understandably the main talking point in Monday's opening news conference at Le Golf National, Furyk insists the former world number one has quickly turned his attentions to this week's even bigger event.
Woods has often struggled to deliver his best form in the biennial contests between the United States and Europe, but Furyk said: "When you look at now, maybe comparing past Ryder Cups to this one, I think what's so special is Tiger has ingrained himself in our team atmosphere.
"He became such a big part of the team in 2016 as a vice-captain, and then again in 2017 as an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup. I think it's special for him now to join these younger players as a team-mate.
"What's important for him right now is to be a part of that team, a part of that group. As Thomas [Bjorn, the European captain] talked about, it's a 12-on-12 type of atmosphere and I think he really enjoys that right now.
"He won yesterday as an individual and I know how much that means to him and how important it was, but he's flipped that page pretty quickly and is really excited to join his team-mates and move forward in that process."
Furyk sparked laughs in the interview room when he was first asked about Woods' headline-grabbing victory in Atlanta.
. @TigerWoods Very very impressive. Congrats on getting back in the winners circle. Your road has had obstacles but each one you worked around, through, and over. Happy to see your life back in sync @PGATOUR pic.twitter.com/0Epg4knhHR— Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman) September 24, 2018
The USA skipper said: "We were waiting yesterday, we had a major victory for the team and we had a whole group of guys waiting in the team room, and then a giant roar ... when [vice-captain] Steve Stricker walked in the room after his victory [on the Champions Tour] last night."
Addressing the success of Woods with more seriousness, Furyk added: "Obviously Tiger played so well. He's played really well all year. It's obviously a nice buzz for our team ... the crowd on the 18th fairway yesterday was amazing.
"Not that this event needs more energy brought to it - it's probably the biggest, the grandest event in all of golf - but it [Woods' win] will add that much more excitement, I believe. It's exciting either way, but it adds to it."
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