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Tiger Woods has designs on Ryder Cup slot — as player

ST. LOUIS — Jim Furyk should determine whether or not Tiger Wood is worthy of constructing his Ryder Cup workforce.

One of his vice captains certain thinks so.

After making a Sunday cost on the PGA Championship that got here up simply in need of a victory — one that might have locked up his spot — Woods mentioned he desires to do far more than simply assist Furyk name the pictures as an assistant when the Americans head to France subsequent month to defend the cup.

Woods desires to be hitting some pictures, too.

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“I do want to be on the team as a player. I’m going to be there either way,” mentioned Woods, whose final-round 64 on Sunday left him two pictures again of Brooks Koepka at raucous Bellerive Country Club.

“Our captain has some decisions to make after the first (FedEx Cup) playoff events, and we’ll sit down and give him our input and what we think and who should be on the team, and who can contribute to the team,” Woods mentioned, “and hopefully my name will be part of that process.”

It’s a reasonably protected wager.

The PGA was the final occasion to safe one of many prime eight spots within the Ryder Cup standings and an computerized berth to the workforce. And for all of the craziness that went down at Bellerive, there was no actual motion among the many eight gamers who secured their spots.

Koepka merely put an exclamation mark on his, whereas Justin Thomas confirmed he is in advantageous type with a final-round 68 and top-10 end. Dustin Johnson’s spot had already been secured, and Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler took any drama out of constructing the workforce just by making the minimize.

Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson missed it, however no person exterior the highest eight made an enormous run, and which means the Masters champion and can be part of Watson on the workforce.

Webb Simpson was on the shakiest floor heading into the weekend, holding down the ultimate spot. But he answered with 4 stable rounds at Bellerive, capped by a 69 Sunday that left him with a top-20 end, whereas closest pursuers Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson missed the minimize.

Mickelson ended a streak of constructing 11 consecutive Ryder Cup groups on factors, although he’s prone to earn one of many 4 captain’s alternatives when Furyk fingers them out subsequent month.

DeChambeau will probably be within the combine for one, however there are many different names that may attempt to impress Furyk over the subsequent few weeks. Xander Schauffele was 11th within the rankings earlier than his stable end on the PGA, whereas Kevin Kisner made an early run and completed in a tie for 12th.

Others that ought to get consideration embrace Tony Finau, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

“You want guys that are in good form, say, from the summertime on,” Furyk mentioned. “You need guys which have had stable season. You need the easiest gamers that you’ve got the belief in as properly.

“Now, that does not imply to say man might have had a comparatively common summer season, and he goes on a tear, performs properly right here on the PGA, goes to New York, goes to Boston and performs properly. I imply, he turns into a contender. So I believe the listing has been narrowed, nevertheless it’s nonetheless open.”

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