Koepka rises to number two, Woods 26th in world rankings

Woods mixed five birdies with one bogey

Facing the most important drive of the day on the par-5 17th, Woods sent it sailing to the right and it embedded in a hazard along the banks of a creek. He's hoping perhaps to play with him during the Ryder Cup in France.

"Oh, God, I didn't even know if I was going to play golf again, so yeah", he said.

Having backed Brooks before the off it was a very straightforward week and having the likes of Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and each-way pick, Gary Woodland, all in-the-mix throughout the week meant I didn't really get too involved in-running. The other was in 2010, when he was coming off the scandal in his personal life that kept him out of golf until the 2010 Masters, and he finished the qualifying period at No. 12.

Yet a solid finish at The Open Championship last month and his sparkling form at the PGA Championship has seen Wood explode back up the rankings ladder and he sits at No.26 in the latest table. He's already a member of the team as one of Furyk's vice captains and figures to serve a role as both player and assistant.

I did have a small bet on Francesco Molinari at [100.0] in-running last night and I backed both Scot and Woods at huge prices with a couple of holes to play, just in case something weird happened but prior to that, the end was a bit nerve-wracking as I didn't back Scott or Woods early on. "He's still got a little bit of work to do to get on the team automatically, but, again, we're definitely looking at him as a pick as well", Woods said on Tuesday.

The crowd was enormous, louder than anything in golf this side of Augusta National or a Ryder Cup, and Woods looked closer than ever to capping his comeback from four back surgeries with another major.

"I feel like I'm playing really well, the best I have in a while", he said.

A second place finish at the Valspar Championship was followed by sixth at the Open Championship, and a sensational runner-up place at Bellerive. "I can't even put it into words".

There was a slight blip as he only managed 31st at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, before he rolled back the years to produce his best ever final round at a major on Sunday. He is just the fifth player to claim the US Open and US PGA in the same season.

"It's pretty obvious when Tiger makes a birdie".

But he was there on Sunday, getting stronger as the day went on, and making it very hard for Jim Furyk not to pick him for the Ryder Cup team in a few weeks.

Could Woods also help the US team in its bid to retain the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1993?

It's not just the American players who are digging the atmosphere.

As for the wild cards?

"If someone is playing hot he'll catch the team's eye". Eight men make the team on points, another four by captain's choice.

Woods had ducked into a players' port-a-john off the ninth tee to rid himself of a soaked shirt, changing from his Sunday solid red to stripes.

"We have an idea of who [the top eight] want to play with, who they want to pair with", Furyk said. "It's a fun atmosphere for us to play in".

While the good times have seemingly come back for golf and the networks who broadcast the sport, we got a rather scary preview of what's to come when Tiger one day stops being a factor.



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