After two opening day defeats for the fourth time in his Ryder Cup career Woods was told he would not be playing in the second morning foursomes.
It was no great surprise when the news came. Woods had been comfortably the worst player of the 16 who appeared for the opening session at Medinah, the course where he lifted the USPGA title in 1999 and 2006.
He and Steve Stricker, also left out as the Americans tried to build on a 5-3 overnight advantage, were three over par in losing 2&1 to Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.
They were then beaten on the last by Lee Westwood and inspired debutant Nicolas Colsaerts, but Woods found form in that and so can be expected to return to action in the second session of fourballs on Saturday afternoon.
"We felt we did not need anybody to have to play five matches," Love said. "It's a big, long, tough golf course and we just don't want guys to be worn out."
The foursomes see a rematch of the opening game in which Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell beat Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker on the last, but this time they are in the anchor role.
Colsaerts is rewarded for his staggering eight-birdie and one-eagle display by partnering Sergio Garcia in the foursomes against Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson.
Westwood switches to partner Luke Donald against unbeaten Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, while Rose and Poulter go off first against Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson.
Europe give Paul Lawrie, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer and Francesco Molinari a second rest.