Tiger Woods made a valiant effort at the PGA Championship, where he finished second to Brooks Koepka, when he needed a win to vault into the top eight of the Ryder Cup USA points standings to be an automatic qualifier.
After his runner-up finish at Bellerive Country Club, Tiger moved up nine spots to 11th place but he fell short of automatic qualification. However, he can still make the American Ryder Cup team as a Captain's selection.
Captain Jim Furyk gets to make four selections to fill out his team. Three will be announced by Furyk following the Dell Technologies Championship on Sept. 3, and the final selection will be announced after the BMW Championship on Sept. 9.
Furyk said a player's rank in the Ryder Cup points standings isn't the most important criteria when determining his Captain's selections.
"What is important is how well Tiger has played," he said. "Sixth place at The Open Championship, a second place at the PGA. His game – I think the word he used is "trending." His game is trending. So it's great to see him playing well."
Tiger's rapid rise this year in the Official World Golf ranking shows how far he's come since last year. He's now ranked 26th in the OWGR after the PGA Championship.
Furyk's Ryder Cup press conference on Monday after the PGA Championship was focused on the eight automatic qualifiers but he did acknowledge the elephant – or Tiger – in the room.
"He's playing very well. I think there's a lot of folks out there who probably think he can help us," Furyk said. "I realize Tiger is a story. I realize he's playing very well, and I'm excited to see that."