OAKVILLE, Ont. — Jim Furyk has some pondering to do.
With the Ryder Cup choice cut-off simply across the nook, the U.S. captain goes to should make some powerful selections as to whom might be on his staff when the Individuals journey to France to tackle the Europeans this September.
Eight Individuals will qualify for the staff on factors alone, then Furyk, a two-time winner of the RBC Canadian Open, goes to should get collectively along with his co-captains to make the opposite picks.
At the moment exterior the cutline are gamers akin to Matt Kuchar (12), Kevin Kisnar (13), and Tony Finau (14), all of whom have been taking part in collectively at Glen Abbey on Thursday.
Then there’s Tiger Woods, who sits in 20th spot however is unquestionably on everybody’s radar after his efficiency on the British Open final week, the place he briefly led on the ultimate day and wound up T5.
“It’s good to see how properly he’s taking part in,” Furyk stated of Woods, after firing an opening-round 67.
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“Any time somebody performs properly at a serious championship, he had the lead on the again 9, grounded out, gutted it out, putter appeared good. Yeah, it’s onerous to say Tiger Woods was by no means on the radar, nevertheless it’s good to see him play properly … and now I’m excited he will get an additional begin,” Furyk stated. “He’s going to play on the World Golf Championship subsequent week in Akron and the PGA Championship (the final date for the gamers to achieve standings factors). So we now have a pair extra occasions to look at the very best gamers and see the place they fall out after which we’ll have two or three extra occasions with captain’s picks.”
Simply previous to the beginning of the British Open, Furyk and a few gamers went to France to play Le Golf Nationwide membership, the place the 42nd Ryder Cup might be held.
It’s a course, he stated, the gamers should suppose their method round.
Furyk stated his thought course of for selecting his gamers hasn’t essentially modified since visiting the course, however that it was good to get some rounds in there.
“I performed two rounds,” he stated. “I watched the blokes play a spherical … to see how Bubba Watson or Tony Finau, a bomber, would play the golf course. I acquired to see Kevin Kisner, Brian Harman, guys that play extra like I do so far as a management man, how they play the golf course.
“It actually boils right down to it’s a great second-shot golf course.”
The Individuals aren’t the one ones at Glen Abbey who’ve the Ryder Cup behind their minds.
A number of Europeans, together with Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter are exterior the cutline and seeking to play their method in.
Poulter, who carded a six-under 66 on Thursday, had a quite simple strategy to getting on to Europe’s Ryder Cup staff: “If I win, I’m in,” stated the Englishman, who has definitely put himself within the hunt right here after Spherical 1.
“However I don’t need to get forward of myself, let’s go daily and assault it that method. I can’t get too far forward with what golf I’ve to play. I feel I’ve 4 occasions scheduled proper now (European qualifying runs into September), so if I do proceed to play like immediately, I’m going to be in with a shout.”
Poulter stated the Europeans are very acquainted with Le Golf Nationwide from tour occasions held there and he performed it a few weeks in the past.
“The golf course itself is a tough one at instances,” he stated. “Between every now and then, I’m undecided how the climate goes to be, so if the tough thins out considerably as soon as the summer time has taken its toll on a few of that grass, we’re simply going to have to attend and see. But it surely’s a great golf course, I feel it’s an incredible amphitheatre the way in which final 4 holes arrange.”
Poulter has a 12-Three-Zero report in Ryder Cup play. Garcia is 16-18-Four in his Ryder Cup profession.
The Individuals gained the final occasion, in 2016 at Hazeltine.
TINKERING AND PUTTERING
Large boomer Dustin Johnson, the world No. 1 and two-time runner up right here, stated he wound up sticking along with his regular driver shaft, however did tinker along with his placing grip a bit on Thursday.
“It labored so I’m going to keep it up,” stated Johnson who gained .756 putts on the day. “I began making some putts at the very least.”
Johnson had been attempting out new driver shafts on the vary Wednesday however stated he determined to stay along with his common one.
“I prefer to attempt issues to maintain my tools guys busy,” he quipped.
Johnson, who had a little bit of an up-and-down day, fired a four-under 68 that included 4 bogeys, six birdies and a spectacular eagle from out of the greenside bunker on the par-5 15th gap.
NICK OF TIME
Throughout a stoppage in play at Four:30 p.m. as a consequence of “harmful climate” a hearsay began circulating within the press room that Canadian Nick Taylor had recorded a hole-in-one on the par-Three 15th gap.
A fast take a look at the leaderboard on the PGA Tour’s web site appeared to verify the ace.
A hole-in-one would have put Taylor at 5 underneath par and made him low Canadian on the day with simply three extra holes for him to finish.
Simply as fingers have been about to hit keyboards in a livid try to rewrite tales, a media officer knowledgeable everybody that the hole-in-one had not taken place and that Shot Tracker, the automated system that retains gamers’ scores, had merely put Taylor down for a one on the opening as a result of that was what number of pictures he had competed on No. 15 earlier than the horn sounded.
A collective sigh of aid echoed by means of the press room.
Most of us can be thrilled with a two-under 70.
Not so top-ranked Canadian Adam Hadwin.
Hadwin fired what he referred to as a “boring” two underneath that included three birdies and a bogey.
“I did a number of good issues, didn’t benefit from some good pictures early, and didn’t benefit from some good pictures late, a pair good saves in between. Not sad, not joyful. Simply form of a median spherical of golf,” the native of Abbotsford, B.C., stated.