The top eight players on the US Team have been locked and now attention turns to the four captain’s picks to be made by Tiger Woods – will he be one of them?
A lot may depend on the schedule Woods, who failed to make the top 30 following the BMW Championship, sets for himself. He is due to play the event he hosts, the Hero in the Bahamas, and in the inaugural Zozo Championship on 24 October in Japan.
The 2019 Masters champion intends on keeping his reps up on his home course, the Medalist in Florida, against many of his squad for the December trip to Royal Melbourne.
Woods maintains it will fall squarely on a decision made by himself in conjunction with his vice-captains and not the PGA TOUR or broadcasters keen on cashing on his marketability.
‘Ultimately it’s going to be my call whether I do play or not as the captain,’ he said. ‘But I want to have all of their opinions before that decision is made.
‘My job as the captain is to put together the best team possible and try and put together the best 12 guys. We’ll be going through the whole process of having open communication with our top eight guys and my vice-captains. That is something that we will certainly talk about, whether I should play or not play.’
World No 1 Brooks Koepka leads the team with Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau.
Cantlay, Schauffele and DeChambeau will make their debuts.