Despite standings, Woods a Ryder Cup lock

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The PGA Championship is the last chance for American golfers to earn points for the upcoming Ryder Cup matches in September.

Currently, golf mega-star Tiger Woods sits in 20th place on the points list and is unlikely to earn an automatic spot on the team by finishing among the top eight.

Given his recent good play, however, it would seem to be a no-brainer for Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk to choose Woods as one of his four captain’s picks, but it didn’t appear that way during a press conference earlier this week.

Furyk was surprisingly non-committal when discussing Woods.

“He’s on the list we’ve talked about, and I think we still need to hash that out,” Furyk said.

Still on the list?

If Woods happens to finish the year injury-free, there is exactly zero chance he won’t be part of this year’s Ryder Cup squad.

Pulling for Fowler

It’s hard to believe that this week’s PGA Championship marks the last major championship of the year for professional golf.

Play is already underway at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, where Justin Thomas will be looking to defend the title he captured last year at Quail Hollow.

Thomas is one of the favorites this week along with the likes of Dustin Johnson, John Rahm and Brooks Koepka. Any of these would make a fine champion, but I’ll be rooting for ‘the best player yet to win a major — fan-favorite Rickie Fowler.

Jordan Spieth

You have to wonder what’s going on with PGA star Jordan Spieth.

The former Texas Longhorn hasn’t had a victory yet this year and last month stumbled to a final round of 5-over par after co-leading the British Open en route to a tie for ninth place.

Spieth followed that performance with yet another poor finish at last week’s Bridgestone Invitational, finishing tied for 60th among a field of 73 golfers.

Known as perhaps the best putter in the world just a few years ago, this same part of Spieth’s game has become a worrisome weakness.

Hopefully, it’s just a temporary phase for this 25-year-old, a three-time major champion, who has always carried himself well on and off the course.

Phil Mickelson

If you haven’t seen it already, you have to check out Phil Mickelson’s new commercial (readily available on YouTube).

The amusing video advertisement feature’s Mickelson’s endorsement of the new Mizzen+Main button-down golf shirt, and words can’t do it justice.

Can you envision Mickelson performing “the worm?”

Well, you’ll laugh out loud watching it with your own eyes.

New Summit tee

Many of the golfers at last weekend’s Summit Invitational caught their first glimpse of the new tee box located on the club’s 10th hole.

This new tee stretches the 370-yard hole an extra 10 to 15 yards and looks so cool as it extends nearly to the club’s parking lot.

Though not quite ready for use during the tournament, it won’t be long until the championship tees will be played from this new location.

Ken Love covers local golf for the Mirror. He can be reached at gltr777@atlanticbb.net

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