ST. LOUIS — Jim Furyk will have to decide whether Tiger Woods is worthy of making his Ryder Cup team.
One of his vice captains sure thinks so.
After making a Sunday charge at the PGA Championship that came up just short of a victory — one that would have locked up his spot — Woods said he wants to do much more than just help Furyk call the shots as an assistant when the Americans head to France next month to defend the cup.
Woods wants to be hitting some shots, too.
“I do want to be on the team as a player. I’m going to be there either way,” said Woods, whose final-round 64 on Sunday left him two shots back of Brooks Koepka at raucous Bellerive Country Club.
“Our captain has some decisions to make after the first (FedEx Cup) playoff events, and we’ll sit down and give him our input and what we think and who should be on the team, and who can contribute to the team,” Woods said, “and hopefully my name will be part of that process.”
It’s a pretty safe bet.
The PGA was the last event to secure one of the top eight spots in the Ryder Cup standings and an automatic berth to the team. And for all the craziness that went down at Bellerive, there was no real movement among the eight players who secured their spots.
Koepka merely put an exclamation mark on his, while Justin Thomas showed he’s in fine form with a final-round 68 and top-10 finish. Dustin Johnson’s spot had already been secured, and Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler took any drama out of making the team simply by making the cut.
Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson missed it, but nobody outside the top eight made a big run, and that means the Masters champion and will join Watson on the team.
Webb Simpson was on the shakiest ground heading into the weekend, holding down the final spot. But he answered with four solid rounds at Bellerive, capped by a 69 Sunday that left him with a top-20 finish, while closest pursuers Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson missed the cut.
Mickelson ended …read more