"Battle of giants" looms as France hosts Ryder Cup

Europe Captain Bjorn Hopes Tiger Plays In Ryder Cup

Europe Captain Bjorn Hopes Tiger Plays In Ryder Cup

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn said Tuesday he would like to see 14-time major victor Tiger Woods make the United States lineup for next month's team golf showdown in France. You're trying to figure out how No. 9, 10, and 11 played. "He knew then that he was on the mend, that he was starting to feel better and had a plan in place for this year".

Stewart Cink was the only player with whom Furyk played twice in the opening rounds.

"We're looking at 51,000 fans coming to these events each day".

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Furyk will know the identity of his eight automatic qualifiers at the end of the US PGA on Sunday evening, with Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed having already secured their place on the team.

Furyk said earlier this year he talked with Woods, who is a Ryder Cup vice captain, about the possibility of him playing in this year's event. And honestly, you kind of have to look at some intangibles and stuff you can't really quantify.

Europe identifies its top eight players off two lists, a European points list and a world points list. "The buzz that was around The Open Championship... that would be great for the Ryder Cup as well". "It probably isn't the best pairing for them". "So it doesn't come as a surprise to me or to the team that's going to play for the European side, but the American team is going to be great". The 2017 Masters champion is 20th in European points and 12th on the world ranking points standings.

"He'd bring the IQ up significantly for most of us", Furyk said with a laugh.

"It's not like there's any groundbreaking stuff I learned", Thomas said.

"Sergio won't be happy with where he's been with his game over the last few months", Bjorn admitted.

THOMAS BJORN has backed Sergio Garcia to turn his form around in time to make his European team for next month's Ryder Cup.

In singles, however, where he can be the lone wolf, Woods is 4-1-2, hardly a co-incidence one would think. Furyk said he was taken aback somewhat when Woods, who'd already named to be an assistant captain, approached Furyk in January to ask about the dual role of playing this year, too.

"He's added so much value off the golf course for us the last two (Ryder Cups, as an assistant), if we could have him for both this time, it would be great", said Love, a winning USA captain from 2016 who will assist Furyk in France.

"There's really not a number, (but) has it narrowed down some, I think it has", Furyk said about the his field of potential captain's picks.

Fifty-one days until the Ryder Cup, and on both sides of the pond, there remains much work to do.

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