Tiger Woods returns to Ryder Cup as wild card

DeChambeau and Woods are good friends

DeChambeau and Woods are good friends

DeChambeau, who has never played in the biennial event, finished ninth on the list, while fourteen-time major victor Tiger Woods is also likely to be included. A birdie on the final hole would have given the 27-year-old Mexican a tie for third and a reasonable chance at going to the Tour Championship.

"Not that it was an easy decision", Furyk said with a smile. He had not played competitive golf in a year.

DeChambeau locked in his place after registering back-to-back wins at the Northern Trust and the Dell Technologies Championship, while Ryder Cup stalwart Mickelson will make his 12th consecutive appearance for Team USA. He was one shot out of the lead on the front nine until a bogey on the par-5 seventh hole, and three more bogeys in five holes to start the back nine.

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.

"I wouldn't have written it any better, to be honest with you", DeChambeau said. Perhaps Tony Finau, who's been in strong form lately, is most likely to be Furyk's final pick. 9, 10 and 11 in points when qualifying ended for eight automatic berths after the PGA Championship.

During the FedEx Cup playoffs, he was runner-up at one event and tied for fourth at the other. Still to be determined was whether former Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, gets a nod.

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Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson have already been confirmed in Furyk's side for Le Golf National, leaving four places up for grabs.

That doesn't mean as much in foursomes and fourballs, on a European course before the singing and chanting of Europeans fans.

After a penalty drop, Smith couldn't recover to make par and fell one behind Rose into third and leaving the stage for a relatively stress-free walk up the last for DeChambeau.

Mickelson said ending that long United States wait for a victory in Europe was his prime motivation. Woods was an assistant at Hazeltine and at the Presidents Cup last fall at Liberty National in a USA route.

Furyk said Woods will no longer serve as a vice captain.

Furyk announced he'll replace Woods as vice captain, naming David Duval, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar to join previously announced vice captains Davis Love III and Steve Stricker.

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