Keeping eye on Ryder Cup team

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk surprised no one earlier this week when he announced his first three captain’s picks for the 2018 Ryder Cup Team.

Furyk announced Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau would join the eight U.S. men who had already earned spots on this year’s Ryder Cup squad — Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson.

Much more interesting will be Furyk’s decision for the final roster spot, scheduled to be announced Monday. There seems to be no frontrunner among the golfers being considered while several names are still being considered.

If I were Furyk, my pick would be long-hitting, youngster Tony Finau as the 28-year-old birdie machine would be a perfect fit for the match-play format of the Ryder Cup.

WPGA Mid-Amateur

Two local golfers finished well in this year’s West Penn Mid-Amateur Championship held Tuesday at South Hills Country Club in Pittsburgh.

Sinking Valley’s Artie Fink Jr. shot rounds of 75 and 71 to finish in a tie for 15th place, while Ebensburg Country Club’s Jay Pheasant scored two rounds of 74 to finish tied for 25th.

The champion was Montour Heights’ Ian Bangor with a six-under total of 136.

Tiger Woods

Though he has yet to win a tournament this year, Woods’ performance has been nothing short of amazing.

I’ll be the first to admit it: I never thought I’d see Woods get back to playing golf at a world-class level, but that’s exactly what he’s done.

Despite not winning, Woods has accumulated six top-six finishes so far this year with two of those coming in the final two majors of the year.

Woods’ tremendous performance has vaulted him from 668th in the world ranking at the beginning of the year, to his current spot at number 26.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see him win a tournament soon. Look out for Woods during this weekend’s BMW Championship.

Earlier in the week he was seen practicing with his old, faithful Scotty Cameron putter.

Upcoming tourneys

As the season continues to wind down, some of the remaining notable tournaments include the Central Counties Senior Championship scheduled for Sept. 16 at Lewistown Country Club.

Scotch Valley’s annual two-man invitational will be contested Sept. 22-23 with the team of Fink and Todd Homan defending their title.

The Central Counties Pro-Am is also set for Sept. 22-23 at Summit Country Club.

Ken Love covers local golf for the Mirror. He can be reached at