Spieth happy to see Woods make Ryder Cup team as wildcard

Bryson De Chambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are all favourites to get them

Bryson De Chambeau, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are all favourites to get them

Tiger Woods is relishing the opportunity to represent Team USA at the Ryder Cup again after being named as one of Jim Furyk's wildcards.

"They are boisterous, I have a lot of respect for them, and we are looking for players that we thought would handle that situation well and would thrive, love the challenge ahead of them, and naming these three players, that's what we've done".

Jim Furyk's first three picks for the 2018 Ryder Cup were nearly made for him.

"It's been great to have his help and get a little feel of one of the best minds in the history of the game on your side helping you out, it's been great to have".

We're all excited to see him healthy again.

Woods, 42, will return after missing the past two Ryder Cups with a persistent back injury.

It will mean that nine of the 11 players on the team aiming to win for the first time on foreign soil in 25 years are major winners. "To be able to play at that level, that elite level for as long as he had, to be that consistent for 23, 25 years, is an impressive feat and one that will be very hard to be equaled".

"The only thing that I will try to do with some guys that haven't been on the team is just let them know what to expect so that the pressure doesn't mount".

"I haven't been part of the team playing-wise for six years", Woods told a news conference, flanked by fellow wildcard picks Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau. "It's a great mix of guys".

Woods has a less than stellar record of 13-17-3 in seven Ryder Cup appearances.

"This is mostly likely my last chance to go over to Europe and to be a part of a winning US team in Europe". "It's a feather in our cap to have him playing in our side".

Woods has been relieved of his original role as a vice-captain - the same role he held at Hazeltine in 2016 - but will now be replaced in that role, with David Duval, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar added to Furyk's backroom team.

The final player will be selected by Furyk after this week's BMW Championship, and, here, we assess five contenders to be the 12th man for the United States of America in Paris.

European captain Thomas Bjorn announces his wild-card selections on Wednesday, with Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey among the likely picks.

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