Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

DeChambeau, Schauffele among possible captain’s picks for U.S. Ryder Cup team

DeChambeau, Schauffele among possible captain’s picks for U.S. Ryder Cup team

Unfortunately for Big Cat fans, that birdie was immediately followed by a bogey at 14 and it was left to Scott and Koepka to fight out the finish.

He has now contended on the back nine on Sunday in consecutive majors - making it clear that Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Spieth and the rest of that generation could very well have to deal with him, and all the baggage that comes with him, in majors in 2019 and beyond.

You can see a full list of the U.S. Ryder Cup auto-qualifiers below (in bold), plus the players ranked 9-12. I always do a pretty good job.

"We want the players who are going to help us be successful", Furyk said.

"You want guys that are in good form, say, from the summertime on", said Furyk, who is set to announce three at-large picks September 3, with the fourth and last name to be revealed September 9.

Woods had already been confirmed as a non-playing vice-captain for the USA. You could hear the roars from different parts of the golf course.

"You need to be able to weave the four guys into the framework of the eight we already have", Furyk said.

"I do want to be there as a player", he said Sunday.

If the former Boys and Youths global picked up the traditional caddie's 10pc cut of Koepka's $1.98m US PGA and $2.16m US Open wins, plus a smaller percentages of the American's $6.4m earnings this year, he's already more than $500,000 richer. "So I had to figure this out on my own and it has been really hard, a lot harder than people think". And it didn't cost anything!

While the polar opposite of the Masters champion, Koepka has certainly been the focus of some dislike from both golfing fans and media, much like Patrick Reed.

Woodland earned $334,712.50 for finishing in a tie with Thomas Pieters, Francisco Molinari and Justin Thomas at the PGA Championship. We can probably touch on the second trend going forward but it's not going to be Glory's Last Shot anymore (as the old PGA strapline used to shout) and playing it in May as the second major changes it considerably. That one went in.

Woodland doesn't seem to be in the conversation yet for one of the captains' picks, but with strong finishes in the first three FedExCup playoff tournaments, he could make it happen.

Will Woods win another major?

Woods was as dynamic as he has been all year, shot 6-under 64 for the lowest final round of his career in the majors, had his lowest 72-hole score in the majors, captivated one of the largest and loudest galleries in golf and was runner-up to Brooks Koepka by two shots. He missed the cut in his one appearance in 2014.

He'll be 43 next year and the chances are running out fast but he was noticeably lifted by the huge crowds at Bellerive and each time the juices have flown again he's handled the adrenalin better.

Koepka's journey to the summit of the game has seen him take the scenic route as Off the Ball's Joe Molloy explained on Monday's OTBAM, "Koepka is an interesting character, like he's far too cool for golf!", he told Ger. Brooks had several opportunities to give [the] PGA Championship away and he was not even close. "We will look at a body of work for this season, big events". That includes a 4-1-2 record in singles play, however, and the 14-time major winner's recent results indicate that he back among the game's elite.

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