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With one week to go before Jim Furyk makes the bulk of his Ryder Cup captain's picks, Bryson DeChambeau put in a formal request to be selected. He did it in the form of a runaway win at The Northern Trust on Sunday, defeating fellow U.S. team applicant Tony Finau by four strokes.
This was a startling turnaround for DeChambeau, whose game had largely come unglued the past couple of months. He withdrew from the John Deere in early July with a shoulder injury, turned victory into defeat with an on-course meltdown in Hamburg and missed the cut at the PGA Championship. All the while, he had kicked away one of the eight automatic Ryder Cup berths.
Furyk will make three of his four captain's picks next Monday after the conclusion of the Dell Technologies Championship, then his final selection six days later after the BMW Championship. With Tiger Woods and probably Phil Mickelson getting two of the spots, the 24-year-old DeChambeau was hardly showing he could handle the intense spotlight of the Ryder Cup, especially as a rookie captain's pick on European soil.
But with virtually all the top golfers in the world on hand at Ridgewood Country Club for the first of the four FedEx Cup playoff events, DeChambeau shot an 8-under 63 on Saturday to open up a four-shot bulge. He kept his composure throughout the final round (and really all week) in earning a third PGA Tour win before his 25th birthday.
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