Monday, 24 September, 2018

Jim Furyk Announces Three Of His Ryder Cup Wildcards

US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk will name his first three wild cards on Tuesday US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk will name his first three wild cards on Tuesday
| 05 September, 2018, 16:55

The first three captain's picks made by U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk on Tuesday turned out to be about as surprising as the Jets naming of rookie Sam Darnold as their starting quarterback.

Typically, pro-am fields - which consist of around 50 players who are grouped with amateurs paying for the privilege - are determined based on the previous year's FedEx Cup points list, along with a few sponsor invitations. His 12th appearance breaks the Ryder Cup record held by Nick Faldo. Mickelson has the second-worst Ryder Cup winning percentage of Team USA's top-10 all-time points scorers (47.7%, 18-20-7 overall record), edging out Tiger Woods, who has a disappointing 13-17-3 overall record (43.9%).

If you're wondering, Mickelson is a big fan of working his name into words on Twitter. Perhaps Tony Finau, who's been in strong form lately, is most likely to be Furyk's final pick.

DeChambeau also went into the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship just a shot off the lead, while his friendship with Woods could see the pair teaming up at Le Golf National.

The brilliant young Australian came up agonisingly short in his push for the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston today, but in doing so his stocks continued to rise.

Mickelson said he aims to accomplish something he never before has done in this event: Win away from the U.S.


The eight automatic qualifiers last month were Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson. Six of the 11 players are in their 20s, and all 11 players rank among the top 26 in the world (Woods is 26th).

Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery in April past year and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence the following month when he was found asleep at the wheel of his auto.

He has yet to win since making his comeback but was in contention at both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship while Phil Mickelson also won his first PGA Tour event since 2013 at the WGC-Mexico Championship in May.

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

Thomas Bjorn is the captain of Team Europe, and has selected Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, Robert Karlsson, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood as his vice-captains.

"To have an opportunity to go to Europe and have a chance to win there for the first time in 25 years - and be part of this group of guys - is exciting".

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