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Tiger Woods and four other wildcards for USA’s Ryder Cup team

Charlie Dear | 20 August 2018

Who will make the cut?

The first eight spots in Jim Furyk’s Ryder Cup team are now cemented.

The PGA Championship last week was the final chance for players to earn points and sneak their way into contention via the points route.

After Brooks Koepka’s win in Bellerive the eight automatic slots have gone to Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson and Koepka.

But with time ticking away until the Ryder Cup begins in Paris at the end of September there’s just a handful of events before captain Furyk picks his four wildcards.

The Coral News Team take a look at the contenders for the final four spots…

Bryson DeChambeau

Currently sitting just outside the automatic final eight in ninth-place, De Chambeau is a maverick.

The 24-year-old won the Memorial Championship in Ohio earlier this summer and placed second in the Arnold Palmer invitational this year.

He has shown he can compete at the highest level but is prone to blow up which he will have to reign in, but DeChambeau could be the renegade the U.S need.

Phil Mickelson

This one looks like a goer even if Mickleson hasn’t recorded a top ten finish since May.

In his 11 Ryder Cup appearances he has an 18-20-7 (Win/Loss/Halves) record and commands the respect of the field that only a few can do.

A game-changer, Mickleson ranks 6th on the tour in birdie average, which  is yet another reason why Furyk could side with the three-time Masters winner.

Tiger Woods

Woods has come roaring back into contention after a surge in 2018 that’s seen a sixth-placed finish in the British Open and a runner-up spot at the PGA Championship.

For much of his career, a Ryder Cup without Woods would be unthinkable.

He’s currently the vice-captain to Furyk but after a renaissance which is still in full-flight, we could see the former world number-one defending the U.S crown in France.

Xander Schauffele

Last season’s PGA Tour Rookie of the Year seems to rise to the occasion at some of golf’s biggest events.

Schauffele won the Tour Championship last season and has placed T2 at both the Players and British Open this year.

Furyk was able to get a good look at the 24-year-old after playing the first two rounds of the PGA together.

Schauffele would shoot a 70-67 and despite his inexperience could be a good shout for a wildcard.

Matt Kuchar

The veteran may not be at the peak of his powers now but would bring a calmness and consistency to the team room.

This year hasn’t seen his best results in major’s. But a T9, T4 and a runners-up spot in three of the big events last season shows he can still cut it at the top of the game.

This pick may not be at the top of Furyk’s list, but a steady mix of stability and nostalgia could see Kuchar get the nod.

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