Jim Furyk announced Tuesday that Bryson DeChambeau would be one of his first three captain’s picks for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France.
Furyk made three of his four picks Tuesday, with the final pick scheduled for Monday. DeChambeau, who finished ninth in the standings, one off the automatic qualifying pace, earned the pick after winning the first two FedEx Cup playoff events this year. He also won the Memorial Tournament.
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“Any time you’re trying to make your first Ryder Cup, it’s not easy and I know that to be a fact, given I experienced what I needed to do to make the team,” DeChambeau said Tuesday.
“And even after I won at Ridgewood, I still thought, man, I’ve got to play well at Boston just to show them that, yeah, I’m a contender and I’m going to keep doing the right things to be a valuable asset to the team.
“You know, and again, this is about the team, and I wanted to be a part of this experience, so badly, that I worked twice as hard, and it showed and it paid off.”
DeChambeau, known as one of the most calculated players on the PGA Tour, may not be a great partner for everyone. His meticulous style and determined personality could make for a tense partnership, but he could also help form a potent duo with the right fit.
Le Golf National, host of this year’s Ryder Cup, features a ton of water, which requires accuracy. DeChambeau is accurate tee-to-green and an improved putter. He really has no weakness right now.
All three of the captain’s picks are in solid form, and they could all play a majority of the matches in France. The Ryder Cup is set up with two days of alternate shot and best ball with all 24 players competing in singles matches to conclude the event.
DeChambeau played alongside Tiger Woods during the third round of the Dell Technologies, and he shot an 8-under 63. Woods also played well, signifying a possible partnership at the Ryder Cup. It would be an interesting blend of youth and experience, which may be better suited for alternate shot.
It would also be interesting to see DeChambeau paired with Bubba Watson in a best-ball scenario. Watson would be able to bomb it out there and play the course in his unique style, while DeChambeau calculates his way around and plays it safe. They could put up a lot of birdies together.