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PGA Championship Performance Solidifies Tiger Woods' Ryder Cup Chances

16 August 2018

Since Trump is a golf fanatic, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the commander in chief tweeted at golfer Brooks Koepka, who held off a resurgent Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship on Sunday to win his third major tournament.

United States captain Jim Furyk will select another vice-captain if, or more realistically when, he names a "priceless" Tiger Woods as one of his Ryder Cup wild cards. That is up 69% from previous year which earned an overnight rating of 3.5, and up 56% from 2016.

On the European side, qualifying runs for another three weeks before captain Thomas Bjorn makes his four picks in September. "Other than me, my team, everybody was rooting for Tiger", Koepka laughed. It's great to see him playing well.

"Yeah, well, it was kind of.it was so short, first off, and then the fact of I've got.it was kind of, I didn't want it to be in his way because I knew he'd be looking at it".

Jon Rahm equalled his best major performance with a tied fourth at the US PGA to cement his place in Thomas Bjorn's team.

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Woods was appointed a vice captain in late February, and he has said he would like to serve two roles.

"And I took the wrong mindset", Scott admitted Saturday after shooting a 5-under 65 that left him two shots back of Brooks Koepka heading into the final round of the PGA Championship. With one decent week in the playoffs, he most likely would be assured of being in all four of the events, ending with the Tour Championship the week before boarding a plane to Paris.

Vintage Tiger Woods would bring nothing but eyeballs to the Ryder Cup.

"I didn't drive it good all day, " said Woods, who hit just 5 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens. What is important is how well Tiger has played. I think from all the hard work he's put, he's starting to reward himself, so to speak.

Furyk said Monday that if Woods is picked, he will add another vice captain, although he expects plenty of input from Woods regardless.

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He also answered any questions as to whether he will be able to play two matches in a day at the Ryder Cup next month. Woods had his mojo back early in the round and was sitting pretty at three-under par before the delay.

That included a missed cut at the U.S. Open and a tie for 61st at the PGA. "I was hanging in there, grinding it out trying to make as many birdies as possible".

He, too, was a catalyst in changing the culture of the U.S. Ryder Cup process, helping to initiate that "task force" that has shaped the cultivation of captains. Now he hopes to be playing also. "He couldn't move. If you watched footage of him, he couldn't even get in and out of the golf cart at the (2016) Ryder Cup when he was a vice captain".

Failed to win a match on either of his first two appearances, halving two and losing one in 2010 and then halving three matches alongside Jimmy Walker in 2014 before losing 5&4 to Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell and being thrashed by the same score by Rory McIlroy in the singles.

"I'm not sure the numbers are always that important when I look down the list".

Woods has played 14 tournaments in 2018 and made a remarkable rise. Figure on Woods lobbying for DeChambeau and Mickelson doing the same for Kisner. "We support any big sport that comes in". "So, great on him and obviously great for golf". "We want the players that are going to help us be successful".

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PGA Championship Performance Solidifies Tiger Woods' Ryder Cup Chances