Koepka beats Tiger chase to title

Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 12th green at the PGA Championship on Aug. 12.
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Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 12th green at the PGA Championship on Aug. 12. Stuart Franklin Getty Images

That earned the 28-year-old American a two-spot rise to second behind Dustin Johnson with third-placed Scott seeing his ranking jump from 76th to 45th.

As the captain says, the race for the next four spots is wide open.

"This eight is exciting for any captain", said Furyk.

"We got some great airtime globally about what a wonderful place St. Louis is and that has to be a boost for the economic development, attracting companies here and people who want to live here", DeCola said. That 18 months has flown by in some respects, and it feels like it has taken forever in others. I don't like people, I don't let too many people into my life. "So as a captain [early in 2018], I'm scratching my head and I'm anxious. They bring a lot to the table". "They really get my attention".

"Either way, when you look at Tiger Woods as a player, as a vice captain, no matter what tag you put on that role, he's a huge asset to the team".

"It's a good question". "He's playing very well".

"I have a lot of self-belief", said Koepka, struggling to recall having ever been rattled on the course. Really what we wanted to talk about today was the top eight players.

"I can see he's got that mindset".

Woods, who will be at Le Golf National as a vice captain, has a 13-17-3 record in seven previous Ryder Cup appearances as a player, and is 4-1-2 in singles.

The day after Woods finished second to Brooks Koepka, Jim Furyk held a press conference to confirm the eight automatic spots for the US team at next month's Ryder Cup. What is important is how well Tiger has played.

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The BBC reports that the 12-man team will consist of the top four players from the Team Europe Ryder Cup points list, the four leading players from the world points list, and four of Bjorn's captain's picks.

"What is important is how well Tiger has played", Furyk said.

It will be impossible to overlook him now, not with the Wanamaker Trophy to go with his back-to-back US Open titles.

Furyk will add three wildcard picks on September 4 and make a fourth selection on September 10 to bring his team to the final 12 to defend the title it won at Hazeltine 2016.

Furyk said in a news conference earlier in the week that his talented US side is sure to have its hands full at Le Golf National.

Speaking 14 hours after the PGA Championship, where Woods finished second to fellow American Brooks Koepka, Furyk said form was an important factor in determining his four captain's picks.

Next year's PGA Championship will move to May, making it the second major of the year. Both played the first two rounds of the PGA with Furyk, and rallied to make the cut after poor starts.

"We look forward on capitalizing on that". "We want the players who are going to help us be successful". Had it not been for an ill-timed tee shot on the back nine, a barely missed putt on the front nine, and some scattered mistakes the first three days, this could've been a vastly different week in golf history. Mostly he did it with his putter and the irons and it remains a mystery why one of the great iron players of all time plays with such a yippy driver.

"I didn't have a swing at the time, I had no speed, my short game wasn't quite there yet", he said.

As it stands, Italy's Francesco Molinari, victor of The Open, now tops the Team Europe Ryder Cup points list, followed by English trio Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood.

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