Golf Talk Live - Phil Mickelson Transcript Segment 2

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
YOUR WHOLE LIFE YOU'VE HAD EVERY REASON TO THINK THAT YOU WERE GOING TO BE NUMBER ONE BASED ON THE EXPERIENCE THAT YOU, EXPERIENCES THAT YOU HAD, SUCCESSFUL, UNBROKEN SERIES OF ON COURSE EXPERIENCES,

WINNING THE U.S. AMATEUR, WINNING THE PGA TOUR EVENT AS AN AMATEUR. GETTING READY AND THINKING IN YOUR HEAD, CLEARLY, RIGHT IN THE CENTER, RIGHT UP FRONT, SOMEDAY, IF I KEEP

DOING WHAT I'M DOING, I'M GOING TO BE NUMBER ONE. NOW, HE'S NUMBER ONE AND YOU'RE NUMBER TWO, AND MOVING FORWARD. HOW MUCH PLAY DOES THAT GET IN YOUR HEAD?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL THE WAY I LOOK AT IT IS LOOKING BACK, I WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL IN THE JUNIOR RANKS AND I WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGIATE RANKS WINNING PLAYER OF THE YEAR THREE TIMES IN EACH AND THE REASON THAT I WAS SUCCESSFUL THERE WAS THAT I GOT BY ON FEEL. I HAD GREAT HAND EYE COORDINATION AND GREAT TOUCH AROUND THE GREENS AND I WAS ABLE TO

GET BY WITH LESS THAN SOUND MECHANICS AND AS I GOT INTO THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS, THE MISSES BECAME MORE PENALIZING AND MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO OVERCOME AND GET

UP AND DOWN. IT'S MUCH MORE DIFFICULT SAVING PAR AROUND THE GREENS OF A TOUR EVENT THAN A COLLEGE OR A JUNIOR TOURNAMENT BECAUSE THE GREENS ARE SO MUCH FIRM, FIRMER, SO MUCH FASTER AND THE

ROUGH SO MUCH DEEPER SO THE SHORT GAME TO ME IS MINIMIZED I THINK. SO WHAT I FOUND IS THAT WHEN I TURNED PRO AND MY FUNDAMENTALS WEREN'T QUITE AS SOUND I WAS MAKING TOO MANY MISTAKES AND UNTIL I STARTED WORKING WITH RICK SMITH ABOUT A

YEAR AND A HALF AGO, I DID NOT HAVE AS SOLID A BASE, MEANING MY LOWER BODY WASN'T SOLID ENOUGH AND MY SWING WAS NOT TECHNICALLY SOUND ENOUGH TO BE CONSISTENT WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT, AND OBVIOUSLY IF I'M GOING TO COMPETE AND TRY TO BE, COMPETE

WITH TIGER TO BE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD I NEED TO BE FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE WEEK IN AND WEEK OUT AND WHEN TIGER CAME OUT, HE'S HAD SOUND
FUNDAMENTALS FROM DAY ONE AND SO

EVERYTHING THAT HE DOES NOW IS FINE TUNEMENT. ALL THE FEEL THAT HE HAS IS REPEATABLE DAY IN AND DAY OUT, WHERE AS THAT WASN'T THE CASE FOR ME. I WOULD HAVE WILD SWINGS ONE

WAY OR THE OTHER AND HUGE MISSES AND NOW I FEEL LIKE I'M GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE FUNDAMENTALLY I'M SOUND AND NOW THE FEEL AND THE TOUCH THAT I HAVE IS STARTING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE OVER.

PETER KESSLER
JOHNNY MILLER SAID YESTERDAY AS YOU WERE STANDING ON THE 18TH TEE, TO THE AUDIENCE WATCHING ON NBC THAT HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST ROUND, THE BEST MOST IMPORTANT ROUND UP TO THAT POINT OF YOUR CAREER. DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT?

PHIL MICKELSON
I DON'T KNOW IF I DO. IT CERTAINLY COULD BE TRUE. I, I WOULDN'T DISAGREE WITH IT, BUT I WOULD, I WOULD THINK THAT THE FINAL ROUND OF THE '99 U.S. OPEN WAS, WAS A GOOD ROUND EVEN THOUGH AGAIN I DIDN'T WIN THERE AND THERE, I THOUGHT THAT THE FINAL ROUND OF THE TUCSON OPEN IN '91 WAS

A GOOD ROUND. IT'S REALLY HARD TO PUT THOSE IN PERSPECTIVE BUT I FELT LIKE I PLAYED A SOLID ROUND UNDER DIFFICULT CONDITIONS YESTERDAY, WITH THE OUTCOME LESS THAN DESIRABLE.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM YOUR ROUND SINCE THERE WEREN'T REALLY ANY LOW LIGHTS ON YOUR, ON YOUR SCORECARD. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU SEE, WHEN YOU SEE YOU DOING THIS?

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL, THAT WAS THE FIRST BIRDIE THERE ON NUMBER FIVE AND I DID NOT BIRDIE FOUR OF THE PAR 5 AND THAT, THAT HURT SO TO GET THAT ONE BACK WAS HELPFUL. I DID NOT BIRDIE 6, AGAIN, BUT I CAME BACK ON 7 AND MADE A GOOD PUTT HERE FROM JUST OFF THE FRINGE FOR A

BIRDIE SO I FELT LIKE I GAVE TWO BACK BUT I GOT TWO UNEXPECTEDLY. I TURNED IN TWO UNDER AND, AND WAS ONE OR TWO BACK AT THE TIME WHEN I MADE THE TURN.

THIS WAS THE 11TH HERE. THIS WAS A 6 IRON. THIS WAS ACTUALLY A REALLY GOOD SHOT. I HAD JUST KNOCKED ONE IN THE WATER YESTERDAY WITH A PATHETIC SWING. HERE, I, I MADE AN AGGRESSIVE SWING, ATTACKED THE PIN INTO THE WIND AND ENDED UP ABOUT FOUR FEET.

PETER KESSLER
AND THAT WAS A PRETTY STRUCTURALLY SOUND SWING TOO. THAT WAS THE NEW PHIL MOVE WASN'T IT, REALLY?

PHIL MICKELSON
I THINK SO. IF YOU LOOK AT MY LOWER BODY THERE'S NOT NEARLY AS MUCH MOVEMENT. THE SWING'S MUCH MORE ON PLANE. THIS IS A PRETTY EASY PUTT RIGHT CENTER AND IT WAS ONLY FOUR OR FIVE FEET.

PETER KESSLER
BUT THERE'S... THE PUTTING STROKE, THE PATH, THE FACE, PRETTY PURE.

PHIL MICKELSON
IT'S GETTING TO BE MORE CONSISTENT. THANK YOU. THIS WAS A TOUGH PUTT HERE AND I HIT A POOR THIRD SHOT TO THIS PAR 5 AND I'D ALREADY NOT BIRDIED THE FIRST TWO SO THIS WAS A PRETTY

IMPORTANT PUTT. IT SLIDES AWAY GOING TO MY LEFT EARLY AND THEN IT COMES BACK TO THE RIGHT AND THIS WAS A VERY SIMILAR PUTT. A DOUBLE BREAKING PUTT THAT I MADE IN '97 FOR EAGLE WHEN I WON THAT TOURNAMENT, SO THAT KIND OF GAVE ME THOUGHTS LIKE I MIGHT DO SOMETHING HERE. THIS WAS A GOOD PAR SAVE AFTER NOT A GREAT TEE SHOT.

AND THEN THIS ONE WAS A PRETTY STRAIGHT PUTT AND IT WAS DUE TO THE TO THE DRIVER OFF THE TEE. I HAD A LITTLE 'L' WEDGE IN. HIT A GOOD SHOT AND HAD ABOUT A 12 FOOTER HERE FOR BIRDIE.

PETER KESSLER
MILLER SAID WHEN YOU HIT THAT DRIVE THAT YOU'RE THE BIGGEST GAMBLER ON TOUR AND IT WASN'T CLEAR WHETHER HE MEANT ON THINGS OR ON THE GOLF COURSE.

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL, I THINK THAT GAMBLING ON THE GOLF COURSE IS A FORM OF COMPETITION JUST LIKE YOU PAY YOUR ENTRY FEE. YOU'RE PUTTING UP MONEY TO TRY TO WIN MONEY AND I DON'T LOOK IT AS GAMBLING PER SAY AS I DO COMPETITION.

THIS WAS A SIX IRON HERE ON 15. I MADE A GOOD SWING BUT I EXPECTED IT TO COME OUT A LITTLE HOTTER OUT OF THE ROUGH AND YOU COULD EVEN SEE IT CHECK UP THERE WHICH I DIDN'T EXPECT.
SO I HAD A TOUGH TWO PUTT BUT I HIT A GOOD LAG PUT AND MADE BIRDIE.

PETER KESSLER
YEAH WE'LL SEE A SLOW MO OF THIS

IN A SECOND.

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS WAS NOT NECESSARILY AS BAD A SWING AS IT LOOKED AND THE REASON WHY WAS IT WAS MORE A POOR DECISION AT THE START. I TRIED TO CHANGE THE

TRAJECTORY. I HAD BEEN DRIVING THE BALL VERY WELL ALL, ALL DAY HITTING JUST NICE HIGH DRIVES DOWN THE MIDDLE AND I TRIED TO HIT A LOW SCOOTER. I DIDN'T WANT IT

TO GET UP IN THE AIR. IT WAS INTO THE WIND AND YOU CAN SEE THAT I COME OVER THE TOP OF THE PLANE. THAT SWING PLANE YOU SAW GOING BACK I COME OVER IT A LITTLE BIT AND JUST PULL IT. THE BALL DIDN'T HOOK. I JUST STRAIGHT PULLED IT. IT WAS A STRAIGHT PULL. THE BALL WENT DEAD STRAIGHT, BUT WELL RIGHT OF THE LINE, AND I WAS JUST TRYING TO HIT A LOW SCOOTER.

IT WAS A POOR DECISION. I SHOULD HAVE JUST HIT A, A THE SWING AND THE DRIVE THAT I HAD BEEN MAKING ALL DAY AND SO I LEFT MYSELF THIS WONDERFUL

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHING)

PHIL MICKELSON
THIRD INTO THE 18TH GREEN, TRYING TO STAY EVEN WITH TIGER AND I HIT A 'L' WEDGE FROM 82 YARDS AND

JUST TRYING TO GET IT CLOSE.

PETER KESSLER
TRY TO TRUST YOURSELF SWING (?)?

PHIL MICKELSON
IT WAS, THAT WAS A SWING THAT I HAD BEEN WORKING ON ALL YEAR. MY SHORT IRONS AND WEDGE PLAY FROM A HUNDRED YARDS IN AND FOR, TO PULL THAT SHOT OFF WAS BASICALLY JUST

TRUSTING WHAT I HAD BEEN WORKING ON. IT WASN'T A GREAT LIE. IT WAS A TOUGH LITTLE PIN TO GET TO AND JUST TRUSTING THE FACT THAT I HAD WORKED ON THIS IN THE PAST GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE TO HIT THE SHOT.

PETER KESSLER
EVEN YOU WERE IMPRESSED AFTER YOU HIT THAT ONE.

PHIL MICKELSON
WELL AT THE END THERE I THOUGHT IT MIGHT GO IN. I WASN'T TRYING TO MAKE IT, CERTAINLY, BUT AS I SAW IT GO BY THE HOLE I THOUGHT IT HAD A CHANCE TO DROP.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE A BREAK AND WE'LL PICK THIS UP IN JUST A MOMENT. DON'T GO AWAY. SOME CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AS WE LEAVE YOU.

(MUSIC CONTINUES)

(WRITTEN TEXT)
PHIL MICKELSON
SELECTED CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:
- ALONG WITH JACK NICKLAUS AND TIGER WOODS, THE ONLY PLAYERS TO WIN THE U.S. AMATEUR AND NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE SAME YEAR.
- LAST PLAYER TO WIN A PGA TOUR EVENT AS AN AMATEUR ('91 N. TELECOM)
- ONLY ACTIVE PGA TOUR PLAYER UNDER AGE 40 WITH AT LEAST 5 MULTIPLE WIN SEASONS. TIGER HAS 4.

(BREAK)

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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.