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However, Woods will relinquish his vice-captain duties to focus on playing, with Furyk naming David Duval, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar as additional vice-captains Tuesday.

DeChambeau, who started the year at No. 99 in the world, moved to No. 7, one spot past Rory McIlroy.

He became the ninth player - along with the likes of Woods and Jordan Spieth - to win his fourth Tour title before turning 25 in the last 30 years, and his two-stroke victory over Justin Rose proved there is a method to what some consider his madness.

Bryson DeChambeau has found the right formula for the richest part of the PGA Tour season.

Mickelson, who is yet to win the Ryder Cup on European soil, added: 'It's obvious that the one thing that has been missing has been for our team to go over to Europe and win. Furyk was quick to acknowledge at the time that Woods was "trending" in the right direction, but he waited until Tuesday to confirm that the 14-time major victor would, in fact, be making his eighth appearance in the worldwide competition.

The 24-year-old Californian is known as the "Mad Scientist" for his approach to the game, from his single-length clubs (34 inches, roughly the length of a 7-iron), to his work on biomechanics to the calculations that go into every shot. "It's like a football team going in without their captain".

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, golf's most prominent players for more than two decades, never realized the Ryder Cup would mean so much.

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Still, he's an all-time great and pickings got a little thin for Bjorn. And lo and behold, I'm a part of this team. His seventh place at the Dell Technologies Championship in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup would have lifted him into the automatic spots if the event had finished on Monday instead of Sunday. For the continent to wrestle back the trophy these wildcards will be under pressure to repay the faith shown by their captain.

The American will discover his Ryder Cup fate on Tuesday when Jim Furyk makes his captain's picks.

Woods will no longer be a vice captain, though Furyk said he would continue to lean on his advice.

After a penalty drop, Smith couldn't recover to make par and fell one behind Rose into third and leaving the stage for a relatively stress-free walk up the last for DeChambeau.

". As the year progressed, I've kind of gained some traction and was somehow able to get some high finishes". I'm excited to be a part of this team.

Bjorn on Wednesday announced Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson as his four at-large picks, but there were a number of ways he could have gone, and he left himself very open for criticism.