Koepka rises to number two, Woods 26th in world rankings

Koepka rises to number two, Woods 26th in world rankings

Furyk will name three of his captain's picks on September 3, and will announce the final selection a week later.

After closing out his round of 64 on Sunday, Woods acknowledged that though he will be in Paris either way as a vice captain, he wants to play on the team. That gave Koepka a two-shot cushion that allowed him to coast into the finish, much the way he did at Shinnecock earlier this summer, and at Erin Hills in last year's U.S. Open.

Finishing two shots behind overall victor Brooks Koepka is not the fairy tale that most spectators in St Louis would have hoped for, but it is a huge step in the right direction for the 14-time major victor and former world number one.

Compete he did on Sunday at the PGA Championship, and the ratings bore out what we all know. He climbed to 11th in the standings, with the top eight qualifying at the conclusion of the season's final major.

Back in the day, that ball dropped for Tiger Woods.

Furyk would not be pinned down on whether Woods was guaranteed a place in the team, skirting the question, no doubt cognizant of the diplomacy his job requires. That includes a 4-1-2 record in singles play, however, and the 14-time major winner's recent results indicate that he back among the game's elite.

"I mean, everybody on the golf course heard it", said Koepka of the cheer that greeted Woods' 20-foot putt. "Sixth place at the Open, second place at the PGA". I think the word he used is "trending".

"He's playing great this year".

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"If there isn't someone who just sticks out as a hot player, we'll take the best player available", Furyk said.

'But Tiger serves that goal as a vice-captain or a player and I'm looking forward to having his help'. Really what we wanted to talk about today was the top eight players. "But Tiger serves that goal as a vice captain or a player and [we're] looking forward to having his help".

"He priceless, to be honest with you", Furyk said. He's constructed many golf courses that bear his name and he still plays a lot, even with his many responsibilities as the elected leader of the United States.

"It's been a big boost to having maybe the best player who ever lived following your group and being there for support".

"But just for the fact that it was in his sight line when he's looking at the hole, especially right with the way it breaks coming up left to right, I just didn't want him staring at it". Following Sunday's action, four other players earned enough points to round out the automatic qualifiers: Bubba Watson, even though he missed the cut at Bellerive; Jordan Spieth; Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson.

On the American side, Koepka locked up the top spot, followed by Dustin Johnson in the second position.

But as brilliant as the 28-year-old was and is, it was inevitably Woods's resurrection that created the biggest stir.

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