Bjorn wants to 'see something' from Garcia before Ryder Cup

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Bjorn wants to 'see something' from Garcia before Ryder Cup

Garcia heads into the PGA ranked 131st in FedEx Cup points, which means without a good showing here or next week at the Wyndham Championship, Garcia would not even qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs - losing more opportunities to impress the captain.

Bjorn says having Woods among the 24 players would bring a special "buzz" to the next edition of the biennial matchup September 28-30 at Le Golf National.

"I sit in a good place", Bjorn said this week at Bellerive.

But with a big point total at stake this week, spots on captain Jim Furyk's team are still in play.

Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thomas and Patrick Reed are already assured of their spots but four more automatic places are up for grabs.

Furyk insisted he "didn't ask for" that pairing, but acknowledged, "I think it's a great pairing for me". Woods had assisted Davis Love III at the 2016 Ryder Cup and Steve Stricker at the 2017 Presidents Cup - both American victories. We put a lot of pressure on players.

"There's really not a number, [but] has it narrowed down some, I think it has", Furyk said about the his field of potential picks.

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Woods, as a vice captain, would recuse himself from any discussions about his viability as a player, Furyk said.

Points are based on every $1,000 a player makes in PGA Tour earnings, with double points for the victor of the PGA Championship, and 1 1/2 points for everyone else.

Here are five players who could earn one of those Ryder Cup berths with a maiden major win this week. "He knew then that I think he was on the mend and starting to play better". He and Furyk share the same management company, which has provided Furyk a window into an intelligent young player who turns 25 next month.

McIlroy ended an 18-month drought when he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, and he would have expected more at this point. There has been a great deal of hype surrounding the current USA run of three cup victories (the 2016 Ryder Cup sandwiching the 2015/2017 Presidents Cups) and how bright the future is with twentysomethings such as Thomas, Spieth, Reed and others. "I've been part of Ryder Cups since 1997 and I've not gone into a Ryder Cup where the United States don't have a great team". "You look at the world rankings right now, the top 20 players, they're dominated by Europeans and Americans. You're trying to figure out how No. 9, 10, and 11 played.

Though the automatic picks will be finalised on Sunday, the captain's picks will be made closer to the Ryder Cup so that Furyk can assess form nearer to the competition. Also in the mix for consideration are England's Ian Poulter, who has been a Ryder Cup force, Henrik Stenson, Thorbjorn Olesen, who's been hot, and Rafael Cabrera-Bello, who was a bright spot in defeat in Minneapolis two years ago. Woods has a mediocre 13-17-3 record in seven Ryder Cups, though his singles record is an excellent 4-1-2. There are some good signs here and there, and he can turn it around very quickly'. Furyk said he was taken aback somewhat when Woods, who'd already named to be an assistant captain, approached Furyk in January to ask about the dual role of playing this year, too. He had the lead on the back nine on Sunday at Carnoustie before fading into a tie for sixth.

Fifty-one days until the Ryder Cup, and on both sides of the pond, there remains much work to do.

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