Ryder Cup pick 'beyond special', says Woods

Sep 08, 2018, 02:38
Ryder Cup pick 'beyond special', says Woods

Tiger Woods is relishing the opportunity to represent Team USA at the Ryder Cup again after being named as one of Jim Furyk's wildcards.

"I haven't been part of the team playing-wise for six years", Woods told a news conference, flanked by fellow wildcard picks Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau.

Tiger and I spent time as partners, we've spent a lot of time as vice-captains talking strategy, talking pairings, Furyk said. DeChambeau was ninth on the Ryder Cup points list after the PGA, and the top eight automatically make the team. Regardless of his effort this week DeChambeau will head to the PGA Tour season-ending Tour Championship later this month as the leading FedEx Cup No. 1.

The 24-year-old physics major known as the "Mad Scientist" won his second straight event in the FedEx Cup playoffs on Monday, shooting a 4-under-par 67 at TPC Boston to win the Dell Technologies Championship by two strokes over Justin Rose.

"I knew how special Phil was when we were kids and playing in college", Furyk said about Mickelson's longevity on global teams. "You know, as I look back, it was a great decision to go there, and get a good experience of what it would be like, the atmosphere around that whole environment". "To be a part of this team, and now to be a player is just. beyond special".

A completely stacked American team is brimming with world class golfers, and Team Europe will have a job on their hands in France to win the famous trophy back.

The U.S. will defend the Cup at the 28 to 30 September event against Europe at Le National in Paris.

"I was vice-captain a couple of years ago and that was incredible to be part of the team, to try to help these young guys in any way I could".

"I have to say, we are all excited to see him healthy and playing the way he has, backed up against the wall, to play so well at The Open Championship, to play so well at the PGA", Furyk said about Woods.

Woods has a less than stellar record of 13-17-3 in seven Ryder Cup appearances. It's a feather in our cap to have him playing on our side.

"But also, deep down, I wanted to make the team".

It will mean that nine of the 11 players on the team aiming to win for the first time on foreign soil in 25 years are major winners.

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