When asked if Mickelson would be a vice-captain if he doesn't warrant a captain's pick
, Woods instead spoke of the experience of the three assistances he has -- Fred Couples and Steve Stricker, who both were winning Presidents Cup captains, and Zach Johnson, who is part of the Ryder Cup committee.
The National Golf Association of the Philippines has one captain's pick
for the squad, and sources said that it will go to the seasoned Jolo Magcalayo, regarded as the best amateur in the land.
Team USA (Jim Furyk, captain): Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Tiger Woods (captain's pick
) Phil Mickelson (captain's pick
), Bryson DeChambeau (captain's pick
), Tony Finau (captain's pick
The Englishman beat Lucas Bjerregaard in a play-off to become the first man since Seve Ballesteros in 1978 to defend the crown in the week where he missed out on a captain's pick
for this month's match play competition.
US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk unveiled the first eight members of his squad on Monday and heaped praise upon Tiger Woods as a potential captain's pick
to fill out the line-up.
"He's played very good golf and obviously put himself in a very good position for a captain's pick
But the 48-year-old now has to wait to see if Furyk will offer him a captain's pick
, after failing to finish in the top eight in the rankings.
Stephen Gallacher The Scot missed out on automatic qualification by just one shot when he finished third at the Italian Open, but did enough to warrant a captain's pick
. He's deceptively long, averaging almost 300 yards on the Tour this season.
Mickelson said that he is confident that he will get on the team by himself, and won't require that captain's pick
The remaining spots in the European side will be taken from the leading four available players from the Official World Golf Ranking on February 3, 2014, the playing captain and one captain's pick
Wie, a high-profile captain's pick
, picked up two points over the week but it never looked like being enough to keep her team in the 13th version of the biennial competition.
As sure enough Garcia's win pushed him outside of the top 10 and needing a captain's pick