Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are both having bounce-back seasons, putting them on the map for a Ryder Cup spot this fall in France, but don’t expect them to be paired together.
U.S. captain Jim Furyk said Monday on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” he didn’t think it would be a “good idea” to pair the two aging stars together because they went 0-2 together in 2004.
“I hope they’re both watching, because they just fell off the couch laughing,” Furyk said. “I wouldn’t guess that would be a good idea as a captain, I’m just saying.”
The top eight players in the U.S. standings automatically qualify for a spot on the team with Furyk able to pick the final four members. Mickelson is currently ranked 10th, while Woods is now 39th.
Woods, who is returning this year after undergoing four back back surgeries since 2014, has enjoyed a successful comeback, including a runner-up finish at the Valspar Championship. Furyk has already named Woods as a vice captain, but could also use him as a player.
“He hasn’t played as big of a schedule as everybody else,” Furyk said, “but when he has played, he’s played pretty well. Definitely an eye-opener for everyone.”
Mickelson has shown a solid rapport with some of the younger stars on Tour, including Rickie Fowler, so expect to see him paired with someone other than Woods even if they both make the team.