Golf Talk Live -Curtis Strange Transcript Segment 6

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 26, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
NOW HERE'S A QUESTION, CURTIS, SUBMITTED TO YOU TODAY ON OUR WEBSITE. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU THINK NICK FALDO IS A REALISTIC CAPTAIN'S PICK FOR THIS YEAR'S

EUROPEAN SQUAD IF HE DOESN'T QUALIFY AND WHAT ARE YOUR OPINIONS ABOUT
THIS GREAT COMPETITOR WHO'S CAREER IS SO CLOSELY ENTWINED WITH YOURS? TODD UNGER WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.

CURTIS STRANGE
WELL TODD, I TELL YOU, IT'S, IT'S SAM TORRANCE WILL DO THE SAME THING I'M GOING TO DO WITH HIS TWO CAPTAIN'S PICKS. HE WILL TRY TO FIND THE TWO BEST PLAYERS HE CAN FIND. IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO IMPROVE OUR TEAM WITH THOSE LAST TWO PICKS. IF NICK FALDO'S CLOSE AND IF SAM THINKS THAT NICK FALDO CAN HELP ENHANCE THE TEAM IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM,
HE'LL BE A CONSIDERATION, BUT IF NOT, HE WON'T BE.

PETER KESSLER
HAVE YOU AND SAM TORRANCE HAD ANY KIND OF A CHAT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON THE 17TH GREEN AT BROOKLINE AND WHAT KIND OF ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENTS ARE OR ARE NOT NECESSARY AS WE LOOK AT NICK FALDO HERE?

CURTIS STRANGE
IN '95, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE BRINGING UP ALL OF THE GREAT TIMES

PETER KESSLER
I HAVEN'T EVEN ASKED YOU ABOUT THE '95 RYDER CUP. I'M SAVING THAT.

CURTIS STRANGE
OKAY. UH, WE HAVE. SAM AND I HAVE TALKED. WE TALK JUST TO GET ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH. YOU KNOW WE DO HAVE A LOT OF COMMON, YOU KNOW, JOBS IN THE NEXT, OR HAVE AND WILL IN THE NEXT 6 MONTHS. WE WILL BE ON

OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE COIN HERE IN SEPTEMBER BUT WE ARE GOOD FRIENDS. HAVE BEEN FOR 25 YEARS AND WE WANT TO ALWAYS KEEP THE COMPETITIVENESS THERE IN THE RYDER CUP. WE WANT TO KEEP THE, THE EDGE BUT WE WANT TO

KEEP IT IN A VERY SPORTSMAN LIKE MANNER, RESPECTING EACH OTHER'S PLAYERS AND WHEN YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED RIGHT HERE, IT'S, IT'S SPONTANEOUS EMOTION IS THE MOST WONDERFUL THING IN THE WORLD.

WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING FOR YOUR FLAG AND YOU'RE PLAYING FOR A TEAM, IT'S WONDERFUL. DID WE CROSS THE LINE? YES. I THINK MOST OF THE PLAYERS IF NOT ALL OF THEM KNEW THEY WERE CROSSING... A LINE, BY RUNNING OUT ON THE GREEN, BUT, YOU KNOW, EMOTION IS

WONDERFUL. NOBODY CAME CLOSE TO JOSE MARIA'S LINE. I WILL SAY THAT. AND LOOK AT JUSTIN NOW. HE KNOWS THAT SOMETHING'S UP AND SO WE'RE GOING TO CALM DOWN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT YOU KNOW IT'S, IT'S FUNNY. THEY SAY WE'RE NOT A TEAM, THEN WE BECOME A TEAM AND SO WE GET CRITICIZED BOTH WHICH WAYS, BUT I

WILL SAY THIS, I'VE BEEN ON 5 RYDER CUP TEAMS. WE HAVE BEEN A TEAM EVERY TIME. WE HAVE ROOTED FOR EACH OTHER LIKE CRAZY. WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, CRIED TOGETHER AND LAUGHED TOGETHER AND, AND HAD COKES TO TOGETHER.

AND THIS NEXT TEAM WILL BE THE SAME WAY. EVERYBODY CHECKS THEIR EGO AT THE DOOR AND SO DON'T THINK, YOU KNOW IT'S A, IT'S A TOUGH DEAL BECAUSE YOU HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT, YOU HAVE 12 WORLD CLASS PLAYERS COMING TOGETHER AND GOING THROUGH A DOOR

IN A MATTER OF MINUTES AND PLAYING FOR A TEAM, SO THAT'S PART OF MY JOB IS TO GET THESE GUYS TO ROOT AND LIKE EACH OTHER FOR, FOR SIX DAYS AND UH, AND, AND SO I, I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT VERY MUCH, BUT IT'S A, WE ARE A TEAM ALWAYS.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT YOUR TEAM IS SHAPING UP TO BE ON PAPER. LET'S GO AHEAD AND CHECK OUT THE TEN NAMES RIGHT NOW AND OF COURSE THERE CAN BE SOME FAIRLY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES DOWN AT THE BOTTOM. GO AHEAD.

CURTIS STRANGE
YEAH, VERY NICE. I MEAN IT'S, OBVIOUSLY, I'M (?) DOC TIGER AND PHIL AND DAVIS AND TOM AND DAVID AND CALCAVECCHIA'S PLAYING GREAT GOLF. HE'S A BIRDIE MACHINE. I'M GLAD ALL OF THEM ARE ON THE TEAM. BRAD FAXON IS A BIRDIE MACHINE IF HE CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL HE CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE HE

WILL BE CLOSE, AND WILL MAKE THE TEAM, I THINK. FURYK IS A STRAIGHT DRIVER AND A WONDERFUL PUTTER. YOU LIKE HIM. LOREN ROBERTS IS A GREAT ALTERNATE SHOT GUY. YOU LIKE HIM. GOOD DRIVER, GREAT PUTTER.

JOHN HUSTON IS A, IS A BIRDIE MAKING MACHINE. I LIKE EVERYTHING I SEE RIGHT THERE.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE FELLOWS THAT MIGHT END UP WORKING THEIR WAY ONTO THE TEAM. 11, 12 AND SOME NOTABLES, INCLUDING YOU.

CURTIS STRANGE
(LAUGHS)
YOU MAKE ME LAUGH.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT... YOU GOT A

CURTIS STRANGE
SARAH, EASY. SHE'S, SARAH'S LAUGHING OVER THERE. HAL SUTTON, YOU KNOW, HE WAS REALLY THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR THIS LAST RYDER CUP WITH HIS SPIRIT AND, AND, AND POSITIVE, YOU KNOW ATTITUDE AND STEVE LOWERY IS A

WONDERFUL PLAYER. NOTAH BEGAY PLAYED IN THE PRESIDENT'S CUP. I MEAN YOU JUST NEVER KNOW, AND JUSTIN WAS, WAS THE HERO LAST YEAR. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. I CAN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT

THIS GROUPING OF PLAYERS UNTIL IT COMES DOWN THE END OF THE SUMMER. WHO'S IN THE MIX. YOU KNOW, WHAT KIND OF ATTITUDE THEY HAVE. WHAT KIND OF GAME THEY HAVE. HOW BIG A HEART THEY HAVE. HOW CAN THEY HANDLE THE ATMOSPHERE OVER THERE?

AND THEN HOW GOOD A GAME THEY REALLY DO HAVE. ALL OF THAT MAKES A PLAYER, SO, AND I WILL FIND, I MEAN (??52:28) AND I WILL FIND THE TWO BEST PLAYERS I CAN HAVE.

PETER KESSLER
BASED ON THEIR FORM HEADING INTO THE RYDER CUP?

CURTIS STRANGE
YOU KNOW, I'M NOT A BIG BELIEVER IN THAT. I, IT WILL BE SOME OF, IT WILL BE A FACTOR, BUT I'M NOT A BELIEVER IF A GUY'S, IF A GUY'S EVEN CLOSE TO MAKING THE TOP TEN THEN HE'S BEEN PLAYING PRETTY DOG GONE GOOD FOR, FOR 18

MONTHS, SO, YOU KNOW, THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP I DON'T BELIEVE WILL BE A BIG FACTOR. THE LAST TOURNAMENT OF QUAL... QUALIFYING UH YOU KNOW, LEADING UP TO IT MAYBE BUT THEY HAVE A MONTH TO, TO G THEIR GAMES IN SHAPE AFTER THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE

THE RYDER CUP SO, YOU KNOW TALENT IS THE UNDERLYING THING THERE. YOU KNOW, WHO CAN REALLY PLAY?

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU GOING TO CHECK YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR?

CURTIS STRANGE
OH I HAVE TO. THAT'S NUMBER ONE. I ALWAYS DO, BUT THE CAPTAIN HAS TO. THIS, THIS IS NOT MY SHOW. YOU KNOW A LOT IS WRITTEN ABOUT THE CAPTAIN BUT I THINK A LOT OF TIMES IT'S OVERBLOWN.

IT'S VERY IMPORTANT ORGANIZING, PREPARING AND GETTING YOUR TEAM READY TO PLAY, BUT THE BEST CASE SCENARIO AND I TRULY MEAN THIS, SARAH AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT.

THE BEST CASE SCENARIO FOR ME TO GO OVER TO THE BELFRY IN SEPTEMBER IS THAT WE PLAY WELL, WE WIN, AND MY NAME IS NEVER MENTIONED, BECAUSE IT'S THEIR SHOW. IT'S THE 12 PLAYERS AND

THEIR WIVES SHOW. IT'S NOT MY SHOW. ALL I'M DOING IS ROOTING LIKE HELL, HOPING THEY PLAY WELL TO MAKE ME LOOK GOOD

BUT (LAUGHS) IT'S, IT'S NEITHER GOING TO BE CREDIT IF I DON'T GET CREDIT IF WE WIN AND I'LL GET SOME CREDIT IF WE LOOSE BUT, WHICH I DON'T THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT, YOU KNOW, I, I JUST, IT'S THEIR SHOW, IT'S THE PLAYERS SHOW.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU LOST TO NICK IN THE '95 RYDER CUP IN A PIVOTAL MATCH AND THE TEAM ENDED UP LOOSING, DID IT HURT MORE BECAUSE YOU WERE LOOSING FOR SOMETHING BESIDES YOUR OWN RECORD?

THAT THERE WAS A TEAM AT STAKE THAT YOU SOMEHOW FELT A RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS?

CURTIS STRANGE
MY RECORD NEVER ENTERED INTO IT AT ALL. I, I, I LET MY TEAMMATES DOWN. I MEAN I LET, I LET EVERYBODY DOWN, AND, AND I KNOW A LOT OF GUYS DIDN'T PLAY WELL ON SUNDAY BUT I WAS THE

PIVOTAL MATCH, I WAS THE GUY. I WAS PICKED TO DO ALL THIS STUFF. IT TURNS OUT THAT NICK AND I WERE THE SWING MATCH OF ALL THINGS. I MEAN IT'S FUNNY. AND LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING PEOPLE. THIS, THESE, THESE MATCHES ARE NOT MADE. THEY'RE DRAWN OUT OF THE HAT, SO

NOT OUT OF THE HAT BUT THEY'RE DRAWN SO, UH I LET, I LET A LOT OF PEOPLE DOWN AND UH IT WAS NEVER ABOUT I, ME AND MY. IT WAS ABOUT THE TEAM, AND I WAS, I WAS , I WAS UPSET BUT IT WAS, IT WAS A WONDERFUL WEEK NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED. WE ALWAYS

HAVE A GREAT WEEK IN THE RYDER CUP AND I'LL MENTION MY KIDS AGAIN IS THAT, THEY WERE THERE THAT WEEK AND IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE GREATEST EXPERIENCE OF THEIR LIVES AND THEY

DON'T KNOW THAT BUT THEY SAW DAD AND THEY SAW 12, UH 11 OTHER PLAYERS LOSE. LOSE A TOUGH MATCH AND THEY SAW THAT WE, WE HE HOLD OUR HEAD HIGH, WE, WE SAW, THEY SAW THAT

WE LOSE WITH RESPECT. SHAKE THE OTHER GUY'S HAND. SAY CONGRATULATIONS, WELL DONE, AND THEN WE GO BACK IN THE ROOM AND, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, FEEL DISAPPOINTED, BUT THEY SAW THAT YOU, YOU WIN WITH GRACE AND YOU ALSO LOSE WITH GRACE.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH CURTIS STRANGE.

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Watch: Furyk throws out first pitch at Yankees-Mets

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2018, 12:59 pm

As part of a a New York media tour to promote the Ryder Cup, U.S. captain Jim Furyk threw out the first pitch at Monday evening's game between the Yankees and Mets at Yankee Stadium.


Here's a look at some more photos from Captain Furyk's Ryder Cup Trophy tour.




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Randall's Rant: Woods' message to young rivals: Bring it on!

By Randall MellAugust 13, 2018, 11:24 pm

Bring it on!

OK, I’m not fluent in body language, and maybe that’s not exactly what Tiger Woods was communicating with his exuberant fist pump after closing out a 64 Sunday at the PGA Championship, but there was so much hope in the excitement he let loose with his closing birdie.

Hope beyond what was still going on behind him at Bellerive.

Hope in what lies ahead.

Bring it on!

You know Woods wanted Brooks Koepka to hear his legion roar, to let Koepka know he better not stumble back there behind him. You know he also wanted Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and all today’s stars to hear all those roars, to let them know he’s finally fit for a fight again.

Bring it on!

Yes, Koepka refused to flinch, and Woods ultimately finished second, but that rollicking last fist pump told you what Sunday’s finish meant to Woods.

He’s going to win again.

That’s the confidence won closing the way he did, celebrating at the 72nd hole in a way we’ve only ever seen him do on his way to hoisting a trophy.

Because that’s where he is headed again.

He can and will win again.

Bring it on!

That’s the thrilling promise Sunday brought to all of golf.

Koepka wasn’t about to get out of Woods’ way, in the fashion the players of another era seemed to do when weekend roars preceded a Woods stampede. Koepka did today’s players a favor sending his own message. He was a rock. He didn’t flinch and didn’t fold in the wake of all those deafening Tiger roars.


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If Koepka flinches Sunday, it sends the wrong message to all these other young guys. It gives them all pause. It makes them all wonder if Tiger’s aura really does come with some unfair advantage, with a one- or two-shot advantage in his ability to ride the noisy chaos to heights they can’t. We heard more than one young star complain this spring about the boisterous crowds that followed Woods.

These young guys don’t need that in their heads.

So Koepka didn’t back down, and Johnson, Thomas, McIlroy, Spieth, Day, Fowler and Rahm aren’t likely to, either.

That’s the great fun Woods’ comeback brings. The battles all these young guys say they want with the legend are real possibilities now, with all those Tiger birdies and Tiger roars confirming Sunday that he is ready to begin giving them what they want.

“I’ve always wanted to battle it out in a major with Tiger,” Jordan Spieth said during The Open last month. “Who hasn’t? It’s kind of a dream come true, just to have the opportunity.”

The wonder in Sunday’s finish is that Woods was so good spraying his driver all over the place early in the round. Back in the day, he would have said he shot that 64 with his “B” game. You won’t hear him say things like that now, but the beauty in the round was knowing how he may have turned a 70 into a 64. It was in knowing how much better he still might get on these old legs.

It’s a shame we have to wait eight months for the Masters to see if his run of T-6 at The Open and 2nd at the PGA Championship continues on a majestic trajectory, because the message I heard in his last fist pump is still ringing in my ears.

Bring it on!

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Eight Men, Four Women Advance to "Tennessee Big Shots," Airing Monday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. ET Live on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 13, 2018, 7:25 pm

Airing Live on Golf Channel, Fourth Televised Event of 2018 is Final Tour Stop Prior to Season-Culminating Volvik World Long Drive Championship

Field Boasts Six of Top-10 in World Led by No. 1 Justin James, Three-Time 2018 Winner Will Hogue; & Two-time World Champion Phillis Meti

The World Long Drive Association (WLDA) season continues tonight with the Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital, airing live at 6 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. The live telecast will showcase the eight men and four women having advanced from preliminary rounds where they’ll compete in single-elimination matches until respective champions are crowned. The Open (Men’s) Division field will feature six of the top-nine competitors in the World Long Drive rankings, including No. 1 Justin James (Jacksonville, Fla.) along with Will Hogue (Memphis, Tenn.), who has accumulated three wins to-date in 2018. The Women’s Division will feature two-time world champion Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand) and Alexis Belton (Ruston, La.,) who won the Clash in the Canyon earlier this year. Chloe Garner (Johnson City, Tenn.,) also is returning from injury in her first competition of 2018 in what will be a de-facto “home game,” while LPGA Tour player Emily Tubert (Burbank, Calif.) is the fourth semifinalist, competing in her first-ever WLDA competition.

“We’ve finally reached the home stretch of the season,” said Jonathan Coachman, play-by-play host for World Long Drive Association events on Golf Channel. “With the World Championship only weeks away, the competitors understand the need to be on their game. I’ve always said that champions show up anytime, anywhere, for anything. They better have that mind-set, beginning with tonight’s Tennessee Big Shots.

 

OPEN DIVISION QUARTERFINAL MATCHES (Seeded by world ranking):

(1) Justin James (Jacksonville, Fla.) vs. (25) Wes Patterson (St Louis, Mo.)

(5) Ryan Steenberg (Rochester, N.Y.) vs. (8) Paul Howell (Wilson, N.C.)

(4) Ryan Reisbeck (Layton, Utah) vs. (9) Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.)

(2) Will Hogue (Memphis, Tenn.) vs. (24) Stephen Kois (Wheaton, Ill.)

 

WOMEN’S DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCHES:

Alexis Belton (Ruston, La.) vs. Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand)

Chloe Garner (Johnson City, Tenn.) vs. Emily Tubert (Burbank, Calif.)

 

Being staged from Cattails at Meadowview Golf Course in Kingsport, Tenn., the inaugural event – in partnership with Ballad Health’s Niswonger Children’s Hospital – is the fourth WLDA event of 2018 scheduled to air live on Golf Channel. Tennessee Big Shots is being contested in association with the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic. The eventalso marks the penultimate WLDA competition of the year, with the season-culminating Volvik World Long Drive Championship taking place Aug. 30-Sept. 5.

COVERAGE: Live coverage of the Tennessee Big Shots will air on Golf Channel from 6-8 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 13, with Golf Central previewing the event from 5-6 p.m. ET. Encore showings of the competition are scheduled to air on Golf Channel following the live telecast, from 10 p.m.-Midnight ET and 12:30-2:30 a.m. ET.

The production centering around live coverage of the competition will utilize six dedicated cameras, capturing all angles from the hitting platform and the landing grid, including a SuperMo camera as well as two craned-positioned cameras that will track the ball in flight once it leaves the competitor’s clubface. An overlaid graphic line on the grid, the “DXL Big Drive to Beat,” (similar to the “1st & 10 line” made popular in football) will display the longest drive during a given match to signify the driving distance an opposing competitor will need to surpass to take the lead. The telecast also will feature a custom graphics package suited to the anomalous swing data typically generated by Long Drive competitors, tracking club speed, ball speed and apex in real-time via Trackman. Trackman technology also will provide viewers with a sense of ball flight, tracing the arc of each drive from the moment of impact.

BROADCAST TEAM: Veteran sports broadcaster Jonathan Coachman will conduct play-by-play alongside Art Sellinger, World Long Drive pioneer and two-time world champion (1986, ’91). Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz will offer reports from the teeing platform and conduct interviews with competitors in the field.

DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: Fans can stay up-to-date on all of the action surrounding the Tennessee Big Shots by following @GolfChannel and @WorldLongDrive on social media. Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will be on-site contributing to the social conversation as the event unfolds, and, the telecast will integrate social media-generated content during live coverage using the hashtag, #WorldLongDrive.

Golf Channel Digital also will feature content from the Tennessee Big Shots leading up to and immediately following the live telecast.

 

2018 WORLD LONG DRIVE ASSOCIATION SCHEDULE:

DATE

EVENT

LOCATION

WINNER(S) / DEFENDING CHAMP

March 15-17

East Coast Classic

West Columbia, S.C.

Justin Moose

April 21-24

Clash in the Canyon (*Golf Channel*)

Mesquite, Nev.

Alexis Belton, Will Hogue

May 11-15

Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun (*Golf Channel*)

Maricopa, Ariz.

Phillis Meti, Will Hogue

June 4-5

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash (*Golf Channel*)

Atlantic City, N.J.

Sandra Carlborg, Mark Costello

June 21-23

Bluff City Shootout

Memphis, Tenn.

Will Hogue

July 6-8

Bash For Cash

Port Rowan, Ont., Canada

Ryan Steenberg

August 2-4

WinStar Midwest Slam

Thackerville, Okla.

Kyle Berkshire

August 12-13

Tennessee Big Shots benefitting Niswonger Children’s Hospital (*Golf Channel*)

Kingsport, Tenn.

(New Event)

September 1-5

Volvik World Long Drive Championship (*Golf Channel*)

Thackerville, Okla.

Sandra Carlborg, Justin James

Showcasing the truly global nature of World Long Drive, several events throughout 2018 are staged through officially sanctioned WLDA international partners, including stops in Germany, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, along with an all-encompassing international qualifier for the Open Division of the Volvik World Long Drive Championship in September.

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Making Ryder Cup picks: Furyk begins his toughest task

By Rex HoggardAugust 13, 2018, 6:41 pm

ST. LOUIS – By the time Brooks Koepka teed off for the final round of the PGA Championship, Jim Furyk was already back at his rental house and settled in to watch what would be an eventful final round.

Furyk's day was just getting started.

Although he’d been up since dawn and had already put in a full day at Bellerive with a 7:56 a.m. tee time, Sunday began a process the U.S. Ryder Cup captain has prepared for and anticipated for two years.

“I didn’t get a lot of sleep this week,” Furyk conceded on Sunday following a closing 71 at Bellerive. “At times I found myself with my mind wandering. The afternoon tee times I’m sitting around in the morning and my mind starts wandering and I start looking at stats and start thinking about the Ryder Cup. There’s a million things going on.”

The American captain is officially on the clock. The final round of the year’s final major was the deadline to qualify for this year’s Ryder Cup team, and Furyk now begins the process of narrowing the list of potential captain’s picks.

Davis Love III, who took two turns in the captain’s chair, will tell you this is the toughest part of the gig. Forget about pairings and course setup and vice captains - getting the picks right is what separates a good captain from a great one.

“I saw him around this week kind of frazzled like I was; they are pulling him everywhere,” Love said. “Now it’s a tough couple of weeks. At dinner the other night we were talking about what we were going to do [regarding picks] and I was like, ‘Well, you have to wait for [Sunday] and you’ll get a better idea.”

On that front, the wait is over. The top eight players on the U.S. point list are now locked in and Furyk and his vice captains – Love, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods – can begin the artful process of creating a list of possible picks based on a wide variety of criteria.


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The automatic qualifiers are Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson, who held on to the final spot thanks to his tie for 19th at the PGA.

“For some guys we’re going to look at the body of work for a year, for some players we’re going to look at a hot player right now, some guys we’re going to look at pairings and how they fit into the team we have right now,” Furyk said.

Furyk will make three of his captain’s picks on Sept. 3 following the Dell Technologies Championship and his final selection a week later after the BMW Championship.

The short list of possible picks would include Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Woods, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and Tony Finau, Nos. 9 through 15, respectively, on the final point list.

Schauffele and Finau had something of a playing interview at Bellerive when they were paired with Furyk for Rounds 1 and 2.

“Tony made a pile of birdies, he’s explosive as far as firepower and how far he hits it but I was impressed with his putting, to be honest with you. I knew he could hit it far and kind of knew how he played, but he really played well,” said Furyk, who also played with Finau on Saturday at the PGA.

Mickelson will be a particularly interesting option for Furyk. For the first time in his Ryder Cup career, which began in 1995, Lefty failed to qualify for the U.S. side and the de facto team room front man would be tough to pass over.

“His game has been in a good position all year, he’s putted great, I think Jason Day is the only player with better putting stats this year,” said Furyk, who met with Mickelson after he missed the cut in St. Louis. “He’s working on a couple of things in his game right now that we talked about.”

Woods also creates some interesting scenarios. His runner-up finish at the PGA vaulted him from 20th to 11th on the final point list and essentially assured what many believed to be a foregone conclusion. Woods will be among Furyk’s captain’s picks, the only real question when it comes to the 14-time major champion is whether he can play and drive a vice captain’s cart.

“He’s on that list we’ve talked about and I think we still need to hash that out,” Furyk said. “Is it possible [to do both jobs]? Sure, we just need to decide if that’s best for the team.”

If Woods and Mickelson have already been penciled in as picks, which many believe they have, that essentially leaves a half dozen players vying for the final two spots.

An 11th-hour charge over the next three weeks could certainly sway Furyk, and he’s made it clear that Le Golf National, site of this year’s matches outside of Paris, favors a certain type of game, think a fairways-and-greens type like Kisner or even Brian Harman, who finished 17th on the point list.

“I’ve taken a look at the golf course and what I think will really work,” Furyk said.

There’s also an undercurrent of interest in Furyk going young with his picks to give a player like DeChambeau or Schauffele a chance to experience the unique pressures of a Ryder Cup “road game,” but Furyk didn’t seem as interested in developing future talent as he is in winning.

“Our goals for long term are important and young blood is a good thing, but I would never sacrifice this team or 2018 for 2022,” he said. “The goal is still to go to Europe and try to retain the cup. That said, having a mix of veteran and young players is a good thing.”

If Furyk sounds a little vague when it comes to his potential picks it should be no real surprise. Getting the picks right is the most demanding part of any captain’s job and he’s just getting started.