Tiger Woods climbs to No 26 in world golf rankings

Tiger Woods climbs to No 26 in world golf rankings

Tiger Woods climbs to No 26 in world golf rankings

Brooks Koepka has claimed the final major of the season, beating Tiger Woods in to second place, and our man's back with his customary look at all the action here. The top eight in the rankings qualified automatically after the US PGA.

The solo second was Woods' best result this season, eclipsing the T2, behind victor Paul Casey, at the Valspar Championship in mid-March.

"He's the guy who can just will himself to play good golf", Furyk told BBC Sport.

"If we put McIlroy as the elder statesman of the post-Tiger generation so you have the likes of Spieth, who has three majors as well, think how much we talk about Spieth - he's level with Spieth". "You want the very best players that you have the trust in as well".

Woods finished eleventh on the qualifying table, three places short of automatic qualification. "This guy started out the year injured", Furyk said. "It is something I will discuss with Tiger and the other vice captains, what's best for the team". "Our captain has some decisions to make". Tiger Woods, who will be a vice captain for the Americans at Le Golf National, spoke highly of DechamBeau this week.

Ultimately, the team will consist of 12 players.

"How hard would it be to leave them out?" Koepka was one of the eight players to have their places confirmed at the Ryder Cup on Monday. Mickelson, meanwhile, has been an ever-present since 1995.

The old adage that nobody remembers who finishes second is nearly always born out in reality, but you get the sense that this will be far from the case when the story of the 100th PGA Championship is told.

That leaves four captain's selections up for grabs, which Furyk will hand out next month.

"Yeah, I think, other than me, (and) my team, everybody was rooting for Tiger", said Koepka, the two-time U.S. Open victor who secured his third major title.

"We have some big tournaments coming home", Furyk said.

But the U.S. Ryder Cup captain remained coy on whether he would choose Woods with one of his four at-large picks, saying Monday morning during a news conference to discuss the eight automatic qualifiers that he wanted to let the process play out until his first three picks are announced on September 4.

Already he has a stellar line up of eight automatic qualifiers among whom Rickie Fowler is the only player not to have won a major.

Twitter was buzzing throughout Sunday's round, in which Tiger's score of 64 -the lowest of his career on a Sunday in a major- was not enough to overcome Brooks Koepka, who entered the day with a four-stroke lead. It is a remarkable run for a player who has lived most of his golfing life somewhat below the radar.

"I'd say the door's open in a lot of respects", Furyk said.

CBS issued a press released on the numbers.

He played with a chip on his shoulder this week, with a USA Today piece detailing how he was "pissed off" at his lack of coverage despite winning the U.S. Open and shooting 69 this past Thursday.

Brooks Koepka has defended his US Open. He missed the cut in his one appearance in 2014.

Two of those four figure to be - and should be - already booked in Furyk's mind: Woods and Phil Mickelson.

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