Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 5, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GROW YOUR HAIR AGAIN LIKE
 
THAT WITH THE CURLS AND EVERYTHING?
 
MIKE WEIR
OH BOY. I CAN'T!
 
I CAN'T
 
PETER KESSLER
20:LIKE THE QUAKER OATS GUY.
 
MIKE WEIR
WOW, I CAN'T BELIEVE MY MOM SENT THOSE IN... THAT WAS AWFUL.
 
PETER KESSLER
THOSE ARE OF COURSE FROM YOUR NEW BOOK WHICH YOU HAVEN'T SEEN LATELY
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHING) YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
BECAUSE IT'S NOT QUITE DONE YET.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
20:BUT ON COURSE WITH MIKE WEIR AND THOSE ARE SOME OF THE SHOTS AT THE BEGINNING SO BEFORE IT GOES TO PRINT YOU MAY WANT TO CALL
 
HOME AND THE PUBLISHER.
 
MIKE WEIR
I'M, I'M GOING TO, EXACTLY. CALL AND SEE IF MY MOM HAS SOME BACK UP PICTURES BECAUSE SUPPOSEDLY
 
PETER KESSLER
THE MUSTACHE AGAIN AND THE LONG THING
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH. EXACTLY.
 
PETER KESSLER
HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU FIND ROUTINE TO BE IN GETTING READY FOR AND PLAYING YOUR GAME?
 
MIKE WEIR
IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR ME, TO SET, TO SET UP FOR A TOURNAMENT, YOU KNOW, I'M VERY DISCIPLINED, REALLY BEGINNING TUESDAY, AND AS WEDNESDAY'S A LITTLE CLOSER TO GAME TIME, I'M A LITTLE BIT MORE DISCIPLINED
 
AS FAR AS MY PRACTICE, PLAYING THE PRO-AM, A LITTLE CLOSER TO GAME TIME AND THEN THURSDAY, WHEN IT'S READY TO GO, I REALLY UH, KIND WHEN I WALK THROUGH THE ROPES, IT'S MY OFFICE SO TO SPEAK AND IT'S KIND OF GAME ON RIGHT AT THAT POINT.
 
PETER KESSLER
THERE'S A NUMBER OF PLAYERS WHO, WHEN THEIR ROUTINE IN PRE-SHOT IS BROKEN BY ANY DISTURBANCE, INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL, BILLY CASPER OF COURSE COMES TO MIND. HE WOULD, AS YOU DO NOW, START THE ROUTINE COMPLETELY
 
OVER AGAIN. PUT THE CLUB BACK IN THE BAG, PUT THE HEAD COVER OVER IT, START WITH THE YARDAGE. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO GO, FOR YOU, ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BEGINNING?
 
MIKE WEIR
I THINK IT REALLY JUST SETS ME UP MENTALLY. UM, YOU KNOW, PULLING MY, PULLING MY HEAD COVER OFF, OFF THE CLUB AND GETTING READY TO HIT THE SHOT REALLY JUST SETS MY MIND UP TO, TO BE FOCUSED AND IF SOMETHING BREAKS THAT CONCENTRATION, I LIKE TO
 
START RIGHT OVER BECAUSE YOU KNOW, YOU KIND OF LOOSE SIGHT OF THE TARGET, LOOSE SIGHT OF UH, THE TRAJECTORY YOU WANT TO HIT THE SHOT, VISUALIZATION THAT YOU'VE, THAT YOU'VE CREATED, SO TO PUT IT BACK IN,
 
YOU JUST SET YOURSELF RIGHT BACK UP TO HIT THE SHOT AND FOR ME, MY PRE-SHOT ROUTINE IS, IS AS IMPORTANT AS HITTING THE ACTUAL SHOT.
 
PETER KESSLER
WAS THAT LITTLE MOVE THAT YOU JUST MADE, WHICH YOU'LL MAKE AGAIN OVER THE BALL, SORT OF MAKING HALF OF YOUR BACK SWING, IS THAT A, IS THAT SOMETHING TO GIVE YOU THE FEEL FOR WHERE YOU WANT TO GO, RATHER THAN THE MECHANICAL POSITION?
 
MIKE WEIR
EXACTLY, PETER. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU LOOK LIKE SUCH A MECHANICAL PLAYER BUT FOR ME, IT'S GIVING ME A FEEL OF THE TYPE OF SHOT I WANT TO HIT AND THE WAY I WANT TO CUT MY WRIST ON THE BACK SWING, MY RIGHT WRIST, AND WHICH HELPS GET,
 
FOR ME TO GET THE CLUBFACE A LITTLE BIT MORE OPEN AND HELPS ME KEEP IT NICE AND SHORT. KEEPS MY RIGHT ARM IN FRONT OF MY CHEST. A LOT OF, IT DOES A LOT OF FEEL THINGS FOR ME. THAT SETS ME UP TO HIT A SOLID SHOT.
 
PETER KESSLER
DOES IT ALSO HELP YOU OVERCOME TENDENCIES THAT YOU WOULD OTHERWISE NOT WANT TO HAVE WHEN YOU FEEL THOSE POSITIONS AGAIN?
 
MIKE WEIR
I THINK SO. YEAH, IT'S UH, YOU KNOW, AT FIRST, MY COACH AND I FIRST CAME ON TO THAT AS A DRILL. HE CAME UP WITH IT AND I JUST USED IT ON THE RANGE AND THEN I HAD A, A DIFFERENT, A LITTLE DIFFERENT VERSION OF THAT THAT I USED
 
INTO THE QUALIFYING SCHOOL IN '98 AND YOU KNOW HAD SOME GREAT SUCCESS THERE AT THE QUALIFYING SCHOOL AND
 
THEN I, I'VE MODIFIED IT AT TIMES THROUGHOUT THE PAST TWO YEARS. YOU KNOW IT'S KIND OF A TWO PIECE WAGGLE THAT I DO NOW. I, I USE IT SOMETIMES, JUST A ONE PIECE. SOMETIMES THIS YEAR I'VE, I HAVE GONE WITHOUT IT. AT THE
 
MERCEDES CHAMPIONSHIP, I THINK TWO OF THE FOUR ROUNDS THERE I DIDN'T USE IT ALL AND I THINK EVENTUALLY DOWN THE ROAD, AS MY SWING GETS A LITTLE BIT MORE EFFICIENT, I DON'T THINK I'LL HAVE TO USE IT AND I THINK I'LL BE ABLE TO CREATE MORE SHOTS NOT USING IT, BUT AT THIS TIME I STILL FEEL LIKE I NEED TO USE IT.
 
PETER KESSLER
AND IT'S GOOD YOU'RE NOT PLAYING AT PUBLIC COURSES WHERE THERE'S A RANGER. YOU PUT THAT THREE WOOD BACK IN THE BAG AND PUT THE HEAD COVER ON AND YOU'RE GOING TO THROUGH THAT ROUTINE, YOU'RE OUT OF HERE.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH EXACTLY. YOU'RE SLOWING THINGS UP.
 
PETER KESSLER
THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT YOU DON'T HAVE. ONE DOESN'T HAVE CONTROL OVER ON THE GOLF COURSE. JOE DURANT SHOOTING 65 IN THE WIND AHEAD OF YOU. THE BALL THAT HITS THE SPIKE MARK ON THE WAY TO THE HOLE, OR THAT JUMPS IN THE FAIRWAY BUNKER WITH THE BAD KICK.
 
MIKE WEIR
MHMM
 
PETER KESSLER
20:WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN CONTROL IN GOLF?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL I THINK YOU CAN CONTROL THE PREPARATION AND THE GAME PLAN. I THINK SOMETHING YOU LEARN FROM JACK NICKLAUS IS THE WAY HE PREPARED FOR EVERY TOURNAMENT HE PLAYED. HE WAS VERY MENTALLY PREPARED AND IF
 
A CERTAIN HOLE DIDN'T FIT HIS, HIS GAME OR HIS VISUAL OF THE SHOT HE WANTED TO HIT, HE WOULDN'T HIT A DRIVER, HE'D HIT, YOU KNOW, HE'D PUT IT IN POSITION,
 
WHERE OTHER GUYS MIGHT HIT DRIVER ON THAT HOLE, BECAUSE IT'S SET UP COMFORTABLY FOR THEM, FOR HIS GAME PLAN, HE WOULD NOT AND THAT'S THE DISCIPLINE THAT GOES INTO THE GAME. THE LITTLE INTANGIBLES THAT, THAT PAY OFF AT THE END OF A WEEK, AND, SO THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS THAT YOU CAN CONTROL. THE WAY YOU, YOU
 
PREPARE FOR A TOURNAMENT AND THEN DOING THE SMALL THINGS, LIKE, FOR ME, STARTING RIGHT OVER AND NOT BEING UH FEELING LIKE I'M IN A RUSH. THAT, PEOPLE ARE WATCHING LIKE OH WHAT'S HE DOING, HE'S STARTING OVER. HE'S BEING SLOW, YOU KNOW, YOU JUST CAN'T
 
BE DISTRACTED BY THOSE THINGS BECAUSE I DON'T FEEL LIKE I'M A SLOW PLAYER BUT IF SOMETHING DISTRACTS ME, I'M NOT GOING TO HIT A SHOT UNTIL I'M READY.
 
PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW BEN HOGAN, OF COURSE, FELT THE SAME WAY AND HAD THAT SAME SORT OF TUNNEL VISION INSIDE THE ROPES THAT YOU DO. YOU GUYS ARE ROUGHLY THE SAME SIZE AT 5'-9', 155, 160 POUNDS, BOTH WORKED A LONG TIME BEFORE SUCCESS
 
STARTED TO COME ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME NUMBER OF YEARS BEFORE THE FIRST WIN AFTER TURNING PRO, BUT YOU GOT AN AFFINITY FOR HIM BEYOND THAT STUFF. WHAT IS THAT AFFINITY THAT YOU HAVE FOR BEN?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL I DON'T' KNOW WHY I CAN RELATE TO HIM SO WELL, AND, AND HIS TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS AS A GOLFER UM SO WELL. I, I JUST, I JUST CAN FOR SOME REASON. I, I THINK IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH STATURE, OUR SIZE. IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH BEING ON THE RANGE AT THE CANADIAN OPEN A FEW YEARS AGO AND HITTING BALLS BESIDE NICK PRICE AND GOING TO WORK ON MY
 
OWN GAME TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT AND, AND FOR ME, BEN HOGAN WAS A PERFECT MODEL TO FOLLOW BECAUSE OF OUR SIZE AND ALSO THE COACH THAT I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH REALLY HAS STUDIED HOGAN QUITE EXTENSIVELY AND WAS VERY GOOD AT RELATING PARTS OF HIS
 
GAME OVER TO THE LEFT HANDED SIDE FOR ME, AND, SO JUST UH, JUST A LOT OF STUDY AND RESEARCH ABOUT THE GAME AND, AND I THINK A LOT HAS TO DO WITH RELATING HIS SWING TO MINE, BECAUSE OF OUR STATURE.
 
PETER KESSLER
WELL OUR PRODUCER HAS PROMISED TO PUT TOGETHER ALL THE FOOTAGE THAT WE HAVE IN OUR GOLF CHANNEL LIBRARY OF BEN HOGAN AND GIVE IT TO YOU.
 
MIKE WEIR
I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT, FOR SURE.
 
PETER KESSLER
WE'LL, WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
 
(MUSIC)
 
(BREAK)
 
NEXT SEGMENT
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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.