Thomas Bjorn ready to choose Sergio García for Ryder Cup

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And he solidified his claim to be one of Jim Furyk's captain's picks for the American Ryder Cup team, where he would join the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, back-to-back U.S. Open victor Brooks Koepka and others who have staked a claim to follow Tiger Woods as golf's next big thing.

Casey, who's played on three Ryder Cup teams but none since 2008, is 3-2-4 in his nine matches and has a win at this year's Valspar Championship.

Explaining his decision to pick Woods, Furyk said: 'Tiger has been instrumental in helping not only captains before me but me as well. 9, 10 and 11 in points when qualifying ended for eight automatic berths after the PGA Championship.

Ultimately, Bjorn opted for players who have competed at previous Ryder Cups, with Garcia (seven appearances), Casey (three), Poulter (five) and Stenson (three) all performing strongly in years past.

Mickelson is overjoyed to be a part of the team, and he posted an immediate reaction on Twitter.

With Woods now part of Furyk's team rather than backroom staff, David Duval, Zach johnson and Matt Kuchar have been added as USA vice-captains.

"It's incredible, it really is, to look back at the start of the year and now to have accomplished a goal like that", Woods, 42, said (via the AP). His form has been solid this year with top-six finishes at both the Masters and US Open in 2018. It makes sense, even if I'm not sure it's all going to add up for the European team in the end in Paris.




2018 Form: The Belgian was the one bright spot to come out of Europe's defeat at Hazeltine two years ago, although he may have timed a return to form a little too late for a place in the team this time.

Winning one playoff event put Bryson DeChambeau squarely in the hunt to win the season-long FedExCup and to make his first start at this year's Ryder Cup.

The American will discover his Ryder Cup fate on Tuesday when Jim Furyk makes his captain's picks. He is a former U.S. Amateur champion and has already developed a bond with Woods, looking to speculation about a possible pairing in France. "I just want to get there". For the continent to wrestle back the trophy these wildcards will be under pressure to repay the faith shown by their captain.

"I'm hoping that I'm one of them".

He, Mickelson and DeChambeau will join Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson on the squad. He knows what I can bring to the team.

"He has been instrumental, not only in helping the captains before me, but me as well", Furyk said. "We've got three weeks to go and I want it to be next week".

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