Tiger Woods surprised after surging into contention in last two majors

Tiger Woods surprised after surging into contention in last two majors

Tiger Woods surprised after surging into contention in last two majors

But he was there on Sunday, getting stronger as the day went on, and making it very hard for Jim Furyk not to pick him for the Ryder Cup team in a few weeks.

And that meant seeing plenty of Tiger Woods. My swing really hasn't been where I want it to be. "I was tied for the lead or one back most of the day - until pretty much 14 was really the only time I fell back". "It was great theatre, really".

Tiger Woods shot his best final round in a major, 6-under 64, to finish second - two strokes back.

He's a threat at majors or anywhere else.

"For some reason the majors get my attention ..."

That par was the most disappointing of the 10 straight Woods made to finish his third round Saturday at the PGA Championship.

That leaves four captain's selections up for grabs, which Furyk will hand out next month.

Dustin Johnson's spot had already been secured, and Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler took any drama out of making the team simply by making the cut.

At the age of 28 he has the golf world at his feet.

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"What is important is how well Tiger has played", Furyk said. "He's playing very well". There are probably lot of folks out there who think he can help us. The top eight in the rankings qualified automatically after the US PGA. And I feel like I've led a lot of majors with four holes to play and not won them.

"I'm pretty disappointed with myself that I couldn't play the last three holes better."
And while it was Koepka who was doing that on Sunday for his third major win in two seasons, his game isn't particularly unique.

"I do want to be there as a player", he said Sunday. We'll all sit down and give him our input, who can contribute. "And hopefully my name will be part of that process". But Woods inexplicably three-jacked from there, walking off the green with a par rather than a red number. There are some big tournaments, the FedEx Cup, and Thomas hasn't seen the last of Tiger Woods.

European golfers have three more events to play before their team is announced. Koepka was one of the eight players to have their places confirmed at the Ryder Cup on Monday. The other was in 2010, when he was coming off the scandal in his personal life that kept him out of golf until the 2010 Masters, and he finished the qualifying period at No. 12.

Another veteran in question, Phil Mickelson, didn't make the team on points for the first time in his career. The Florida native approached Scott past year and told the Aussie that he was one of his idols growing up. He was not a factor in any of the majors, though he was regarded as a central figure in the team room and helped reshaped the USA model for the Ryder Cup. Xander Schauffele is at No. 12.

As Woods electrified spectators by displaying the form that made him a 14-time major champion, American rival Koepka stayed calm and persevered under intense pressure to claim the Wanamaker Trophy and a top prize of $1.98 million (1.73 million euros). If they're left off the roster, one will likely fill in as a vice captain. "I think everybody at the golf course cheers for him".

Furyk said he would consider a player who gets hot, along with those whose games fit Le Golf Nacional - he considers it a second-shot course - and who meshes with other players for pairings. After he made about eight miles of putts in the final round at Bellerive, he had shot up to 48th on Tour in that metric. Koepka and Johnson, and Thomas and Fowler played together in the Presidents Cup past year.

Spieth and Reed have starred at each of the past two Ryder Cups as a team.

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