Tiger Woods in 'uncharted territory' after rising from rock bottom

Tiger Woods celebrates after making a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the PGA Championship

Tiger Woods celebrates after making a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the PGA Championship

Woods was a factor in last month's Open Championship and that benefitted NBC, who reported a 38 percent rise in viewership over the year before and the highest viewership for the Open since 2000. Bryson DeChambeau finished ninth in the standings, just one place out of automatics when the top eight were confirmed on Sunday night, and it would be harsh if he is overlooked. Only a missed 7-footer on No. 18 at the Open Championship prevented him from runner-up finishes at both of the final two majors.

Furyk was not willing to say what appears certain for everyone else: Woods will be in France with golf clubs for the September 28-30 matches.

Excitement grew at Bellerive as Woods pushed for a first major since 2008, falling short despite a final-day 64.

The 14-time Major victor, who had whipped the massive gallery into a frenzy on the front nine, sent them into absolute hysteria with two more birdies at 12 and 13 that again vaulted him within one of the lead. Everyone else, it seems, is occupied by Woods.

Here are the eight players who are on the team now.

All weekend, fans flocked to the course or TVs to see Woods - and if they couldn't see him, they roared when his score was updated on the leaderboard.

"I mean, walking with players".

"I can see he's got that mindset".

Woods has reiterated his desire to play, although he also wishes to fulfil a dual role and keep the job of vice-captain. Mickelson has one victory over the last five years, a playoff win over Thomas in the Mexico Championship.

"Tiger's been a vice-captain in the team room as a player", Furyk said. "He's priceless, to be honest with you".

"It's been a big boost to having maybe the best player who ever lived following your group and being there for support". "So as a captain [early in 2018], I'm scratching my head and I'm anxious". Webb Simpson kept hold of the last spot, meaning that the side already contain seven major winners.

Tiger Woods during the final round of the PGA Championship
Tiger Woods during the final round of the PGA Championship

"I always feel like I'm overlooked", he said.

However, Faldo was shocked.

When Woods walked across the platform and waved, the crowd went bonkers. It was a particularly impressive showing considering that he didn't hit a single fairway on the front nine ... and that he began the season trying to reconstruct his swing in the wake of an April 2017 spinal-fusion procedure-his fourth back surgery in as many years.

But if his powers of recovery from that grim scenario were remarkable then so, too, were his escapology feats in St Louis. This one stayed out, and Woods bent down and dropped his hands to his knees in agony. I think he said he's trending, I think that's the word he used.

It's incredible how the American has been a favourite for every major this year but just can't get the job done. An bad drive right on the par-5 17th snuffed out any chance of making a birdie and in the end he was two behind despite a finishing birdie. "Yet again, you can't hide when you do certain things", Koepka told CNN Sport.

The 28-year-old American joined one of golf's most select fraternities with his second straight US Open triumph at Shinnecock Hills in June, becoming just the seventh player to win back-to-back US Opens and the first since Curtis Strange in 1988-89. "Those are the type of players you want in a Ryder Cup".

The double Masters champion has a poor record in the Ryder Cup and was overlooked for a wild card in 2016, despite being ranked seventh in the world at the time.

While not exactly a makeover, the shift will give the PGA a new look in a slot where fans are gearing up for the golf season rather than gearing down.

The Ryder Cup follows immediately afterwards.

They do now, and Woods made it clear he wants to compete in his first Ryder Cup since 2012. Correction: Woods is the conversation.

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