Golf: Woods, Mickelson, DeChambeau added to US Ryder Cup team

Woods acknowledges the crowd during the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship.
Woods acknowledges the crowd during the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship.PHOTO: AFP

PHILADELPHIA (REUTERS) - Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau were added to the US Ryder Cup team on Tuesday (Sept 4) when Jim Furyk announced three captain's picks.

There were no surprises when Furyk revealed his selections in Philadelphia, as the trio had virtually picked themselves - DeChambeau for his recent form and Woods and Mickelson for their vast experience in the event.

The US will defend the Cup at the Sept 28-30 event against Europe at Le National in Paris.

Furyk heaped praise on the trio, particularly 14-times major champion Woods, who will now relinquish his role as a vice-captain.

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

"We're all excited to see him healthy again, to see his game playing so well."

Woods will return after missing the past two Ryder Cups with a long-standing back injury.

"I haven't been part of the team playing-wise for six years," Woods said.

"This year to have the honour of being able to play again is beyond special.

"This team is young, full of guys in their 20s. We've got an unbelievable veteran leader in Phil who's been around the Ryder Cup since before some of these guys were born. It's a great mix of guys."

Mickelson, 48, will be making a record 12th appearance in the event, moving past European great Nick Faldo.

He has not played, however, on a winning team in Europe, where the US has not triumphed since 1993.

"This is most likely my last chance to go over to Europe and be part of a winning team in Europe," Mickelson said.

"It's going to be a great challenge because we know how strong the European side is and how well they play at home but it's a wonderful opportunity to do something I haven't been a part of in my career."

DeChambeau, 24, won back-to-back victories the last two weeks on the PGA Tour, jumping to seventh in the world rankings.

Furyk also announced that David Duval, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar would join Davis Love III and Steve Stricker as US vice-captains in Paris.

Furyk will announce his final captain's pick next Monday to complete the 12-man team.