Woods, Mickelson in US Ryder Cup team

Marcus Newton
September 5, 2018

Furyk will make his fourth captain's choice selection at the conclusion of the BMW Championship, which is being held this week at Arnonimink Golf Club in Newtown Square.

Woods will make his eighth Ryder Cup appearance and his first since 2012 after returning to form and fitness this season, where he has posted five top-10 finishes to move back into the world's top 30 and reach the FedExCup Play-Offs.

"I really wanted to play on it", Woods said Tuesday at a news conference where Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau were also added to the USA team.

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk made three of his four captain's picks Tuesday, leaving just one spot open on the 12-man roster.

DeChambeau is assured of holding the No. 1 spot in the FedEx Cup standings when the Tour Championship begins at East Lake in Atlanta later this month.

Furyk announced 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and back-to-back PGA Tour victor Bryson DeChambeau will compete in France to help the USA defend its title.

Phil Mickelson, who is also expected to earn one of the captain's picks, also reminded Furyk of his credentials with a magnificent closing day 63 for a 10-under par total.

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"This is most likely my last chance to go to be a part of a winning US team in Europe, and obviously the one thing that has been missing for our team has been to go over to Europe and win, " Mickelson said.

DeChambeau is the first golfer to win back-to-back playoff events since Billy Horschel in 2014 and the sixth overall to accomplish that feat since its inception in 2007.

Despite that, Woods has a less than stellar record of 13-17-3 in seven Ryder Cup appearances.

"It's going to be a great challenge because we know how strong the European side is and how well they play at home. I'm very impressed with how he's doing it".

Ton Finau, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner are all in contention to join the aforementioned trio and automatic qualifiers Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler, world no 1 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson. Furyk also said Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar would fill out his lineup of vice captains, joining Davis Love III and Steve Stricker.

Woods will no longer be a vice captain, though Furyk said he would continue to lean on his advice.

Bjorn's team consists of Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose, Tyrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen.

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