Tiger Woods returns to Ryder Cup as wild card

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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been named as two of Team USA's wildcard picks for the 2018 Ryder Cup. He still has one more Captain's Pick to use, which he will make on Monday.

This was the 16th and final year of the Boston area being an annual stop on the PGA Tour.

American Bryson DeChambeau held tough for his second consecutive FedEx Cup playoffs victory to ensure he will top the rankings heading into the US PGA Tour's season-ending Tour Championship later this month.

Woods, a 14-time major champion, will play in his first Ryder Cup since 2012 having recovered from back surgery and impressed over the past year.

"People can put that title on me, but I'm not going to, never will, because I'm just a player out here trying to do my absolute best".

"I served as a vice-captain a couple of years ago, and that was incredible. When you'd be partnered with [Woods] you'd let him do all the work because he's so good", explained Phil Mickelson, who paired with Woods at the '04 Ryder Cup and went a disastrous 0-2.

Said Furyk, "I have a lot of respect for Thomas and I have a lot of respect for the players that have qualified for the European Team, and I'll be anxious to see who they pick tomorrow".

Furyk also announced that David Duval, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar would be joining him as vice-captains. "I get chills just thinking about it".

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"I'd love to be on that team".

When Mickelson, 48, won in Mexico in the March to end a five-year winless drought, he thought it would be a certainty he'd be on the team.

The final U.S. wildcard looks set to go to Tony Finau.

DeChambeau tasted victory at the Dell Technologies Championship by two strokes on Monday, one week after sailing to victory by four strokes at The Northern Trust. "So I have to say, I guess, "Thanks" - you made it really easy on the captain".

It was widely expected that García would get the nod alongside Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter and Bjørn confirmed that was indeed the case during a press conference on Wednesday.

Among his eight automatic qualifiers via two points lists - one a European list, one a World list - Bjorn already counts five rookies: Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Alex Noren and Thorbjorn Olesen.

The three picks join Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson on the team.

Unlike the relatively simple task for Furyk, Bjorn has many more hard decisions to make by Wednesday.

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