Woods, Mickelson in for Ryder Cup squad

- AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, PHILADELPHIA

Sep 6, 2018-

Tiger Woods was named to the United States’ Ryder Cup team on Tuesday as captain Jim Furyk also added veteran Phil Mickelson and in-form Bryson DeChambeau to his lineup.

Former world No 1 Woods had already been assured of a trip to Paris for the September 28-30 showdown with Europe after being named as one of Furyk’s non-playing vice-captains. However Woods’ form since his return

to golf this year prompted Furyk to award him one of the four captain’s picks set aside for players who did not qualify automatically for the team. “We’re all excited to see him healthy again and playing well,” Furyk said of the US legend Woods, who missed most of the 2016 and 2017 seasons with a long-term back injury.

Woods, who has not played a Ryder Cup since 2012, revealed that he had set himself the target of making the US team at the start of the season. “I haven’t been part of the team playing-wise for six years,” said the 42-year-old, who will be playing his eighth Ryder Cup. “I served as a vice-captain a couple of years ago, and that was incredible. This year to have the honour to be able to play again is beyond special,” the 14-time major winner added.

Mickelson and DeChambeau filled the other two captain’s picks announced by Furyk on Tuesday. The US captain will announce his final place on the defending champions’ team next week, with Tony Finau regarded as the front-runner for the position. There had been little suspense surrounding Furyk’s announcement.

Mickelson was always regarded as a likely pick for what will be a record-breaking 12th Ryder Cup appearance. The United States will be chasing their first Ryder Cup victory on European soil in 25 years when they face Europe at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines outside Paris.

Published: 06-09-2018 08:11

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