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Woods: 'They made the safest decision'

9/17/2001

LONDON -- World No. 1 Tiger Woods has
fully endorsed the decision by the PGA of America to put back
the 2001 Ryder Cup by a year.

Woods, who was told about the postponement by United States
captain Curtis Strange on the phone Sunday, said the decision
was the right one, "especially with retaliation imminent."

The 2001 Ryder Cup, scheduled for The Belfry from Sept.
28-30, has been postponed until 2002 as a result of last week's
terror attacks on the United States.

"Whatever decision the PGA of America made, I was going to
support. They made the safest decision," Woods, the reigning
Masters champion, said on his official Web site.

"I talked to Curtis today and he said the same team would
play next year in September at The Belfry and the Presidents Cup
goes to 2003. They've moved everything back a year."

The next Presidents Cup, contested biennially by the United
States and an International team, will now be played in November
2003 at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club in South Africa.

"I definitely think it's the right decision, especially with
retaliation imminent," said Woods. "The last thing you want to
do is get caught in Europe.

"I think we need to come together as a nation, and I think
we're doing that. It's unfortunate that it took a situation like
this to bring people together, but at least it's happening. Our
national pride is starting to come out."

Sweden's Pierre Fulke, who was set to play in his first
Ryder Cup at The Belfry later this month, believes Sunday's
decision to postpone the biennial contest was the only one that
could have been made.

"I think it's a very good decision," Fulke told Sky Sports.

"Everybody's gut feeling after Tuesday was that the Ryder
Cup would be in danger and you have to understand the American
players who did not want to travel.

"I think, under the circumstances, it's the only decision
that could have been made."

"From a personal point of view, if they had canceled it
(the 2001 Ryder Cup), it would have been disappointing for me
and the other rookies in the team but it has only been postponed
and so we will still be Ryder Cup players next year," Fulke
said.

Fulke, who won last year's Volvo Masters in Jerez, was one
of four rookies in the European team for The Belfry, alongside
fellow Swede Niclas Fasth, Irishman Paul McGinley and Welshman
Phillip Price.

"All the European team members wanted to go ahead and play
the matches (this year) and obviously this decision has been
made by the U.S. team," Fulke said.

"We talked about it yesterday coming over from America.

"All the European team agreed that we wanted to go ahead but
the decision has basically been made by the U.S. team --
probably a lot of their team members just do not want to travel
at this time.

"But we just don't know what's going to happen over the next
few days -- we could have a small World War Three or something
-- so I think it's a very good decision."