In the end, veteran savvy has won over U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk.
On Tuesday, Furyk added hot relative newcomer Bryson DeChambeau as a captain’s pick, then bypassed several other youngsters to add Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to the U.S. roster for the 2018 event at Le Club National in Paris starting Sept. 28.
They join already named American players Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson, with one pick left to round out the 12-man team.
Woods seemingly edged out 24-year-old up-and-comer Xander Schauffele, sitting 11th in Ryder Cup points to Schauffele’s 12th (he was 11th) after playing very well in the Open Championship and the PGA Championship. This will mark Tiger’s eighth appearance in the big team match play championship and first since 2012.
The Mick, who is 10th in Ryder Cup points, will participate in his 12th straight Ryder Cup. He finished strong at the Dell Technologies Championship to sway Furyk, shooting a final round 63 to end up 12th overall in the FedEx Cup playoff event.
DeChambeau, who has won the last two FedEx Playoff tournaments including the Dell, made Furyk’s decision to pick him very easy. It will be his first Ryder Cup.
Mickelson carries an overall 18-20-7 record into the 2018 Ryder Cup, while Woods has logged a 13-17-3 mark in singles, foursomes and fourball play.