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By Ron Green Jr. of Global Golf Post
The U.S. Ryder Cup team is two-thirds complete with eight automatic qualifiers locking down their positions on the American team that will try to end a 25-year drought on opposing ground at Le Golf National outside Paris.
The eight qualifiers are Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson.
Captain Jim Furyk will have three weeks before he selects three of his remaining four players. Furyk is scheduled to announce those three players after the Dell Technologies Championship, which concludes Sept. 3, with his final pick being made after the BMW Championship, which ends six days later.
With his second-place finish at Bellerive Country Club on Sunday, Tiger Woods further enhanced his chances of appearing as a player on the U.S. squad. Woods, already a vice-captain, is considered a lock to be chosen by Furyk, along with Phil Mickelson.
If Woods and Mickelson are considered likely additions to Furyk’s ream, the attention will focus on the two remaining spots. A handful of players – Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Kevin Kisner, Xander Schauffele and Matt Kuchar among them – are expected to factor into Furyk’s consideration.
Republished with permission from Global Golf Post