Bryson DeChambeau rose to the top of the FedEx Cup standings last week with his win at The Northern Trust, but an even bigger accomplishment could now be within his grasp.
The win was DeChambeau’s second of the season, also winning the Memorial Tournament. Though he missed out on automatic qualification for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, he seems destined to earn one of Jim Furyk’s captain’s picks.
Tiger Woods, a vice captain for the U.S. Ryder Cup team and a hopeful player in his own right, gave DeChambeau a vote of confidence after last week’s FedEx Cup playoffs opening event.
“Well, first off I’m not in yet. Hopefully I get the pick,” DeChambeau said during his press conference Thursday. “But it would be an honor to play with (Woods). I think we could have some great chemistry out there and hopefully maybe intimidate some people, that would be nice. But nothing is finalized yet. And this week I’m just going to try to play my best so I can get on that team.
“It would be fantastic. But at the same point in time, we’ve got to make the team.”
DeChambeau and Woods have played some practice rounds together recently, which had DeChambeau feeling grateful.
“I know he wants to make the team just as much as I do,” he said of Woods. “So there’s no shortage of energy there. And I think as we move forward — or even looking back, even looking back on some of the things he was able to teach me about patience a little bit or maybe focus and different aspects of the game, that’s stuff that I really don’t want to talk too much about, because he gave me the opportunity to get that information out, I don’t really want to give it to the world or anything. But he’s been very nice with his time it’s tremendously appreciated.”
Though DeChambeau is pleased at his position atop the FedEx Cup standings, he understands he needs to keep playing well in the ever-changing nature of the competition.
“It definitely has its perks,” DeChambeau said. “I get to throw out the first pitch in the Yankees game, that’s never a bad deal. This is a unique situation for me, I’ve never been in it before. It’s a great learning experience for me. And I’m going to take it in stride and just play this week as another event and execute every shot to the best of my ability.”