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Jim Furyk has had to comment on Tiger Woods' Ryder Cup chances after impressive Open

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-08-14 17:56:31

Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk has had his say on whether or not Tiger Woods will be included in the US team during an interview in Carnoustie, Scotland.

At the recent British Open, Woods drew for sixth place with fellow American Kevin Chappell and Englishman Eddie Pepperell, by all finishing five under for the tournament.

Woods held the lead going into the final round, and was looking good until a nightmare few holes.

Dropping shots on back-to-back holes meant he finished tied for sixth place, three shots behind eventual winner Francesco Molinari.

Nevertheless, the 42-year-old moved from 31st to 20th in the Ryder Cup rankings, moving him closer to the top eight, who Furyk says he will be choosing from for the tournament in France in September.

"I'm going to handle him the way I do everyone else," Furyk said on Monday before boarding a flight for the Canadian Open.

"I'll ask my top eight guys. The way he's playing, he might be one of them. I'll ask the vice captains, collectively, and I think we'll do the best we can to round out the team. We want the guys playing the best."

Woods' impressive performance at The Open where he was unfortunate not to win moved him up to no.50 in the world ranking, and qualifying him for the Bridgestone Invitational next week, which offers a $10 million purse, which Woods has won eight times already.

If that isn't impressive, Woods has played only 12 events that offer Ryder Cup points, about half as many tournaments as most American prospects, and yet he is still in contention for the US team, as well as  Xander Schauffele, Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell, Tony Finau, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Furyk commented on Woods' good form of late, saying: "We had a lot of guys in pretty good form.

"Flip over to Tiger, you look at him because he's Tiger, and he's earned a lot of attention. ... I loved seeing him play well. I loved seeing him jump to 20th. It's fun to watch. But we'll handle him like everyone else."

It remains to be seen who will be chosen for the Ryder Cup US team.

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