The 25-year-old American is the most complete player in the world at present, and his scoring averages this season have been remarkable.
Woods, 42, has not won a major since the 2008 US Open and not won any event since 2013, having missed most of the past two years with back injuries.
"There's going to be certain days that I'm just not going to have the speed and the flexibility and the movement that I once did", Woods said. "To be part of it would be really special".
Points are based on every $1,000 a player makes in PGA Tour earnings, with double points for the victor of the PGA Championship, and 1 1/2 points for everyone else.
Eight automatic qualifiers will be finalized late Sunday after the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive.
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood is a player who's seemingly in contention every week, yet he's still searching for his first victory on US soil and his first major championship. The question is whether he will go in the capacity of Vice-Captain-Furyk already designated him and Steve Stricker as such-or a player. He also won the Players Championship.
It has been 99 years since the PGA Championship was won by an Englishman, Jim Barnes. He moved to No. 11, and with one-and-a-half the value of points for everyone but the victor at Bellerive, this is a big chance.
Even if his standings shift this week, Furyk faces some interesting decisions. Matt Kuchar, who has made eight consecutive USA teams, is 12th in the standings and in need of some good showings in the weeks ahead to be part of the team that will travel to the 42nd Ryder Cup Sept. 28-30 at Le Golf National outside Paris. Furyk will make three captain's selections following the completion of the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston, Sept. 3, and a final pick after the completion of the BMW Championship, a week later.
At the junior level there were about 2.7 million in the 6-to-17 age range who played golf on a course in 2017.
The last PGA Championship victor to also prevail in the tournament immediately before it was Rory McIlroy in 2014. "You want guys who are in good form from the summertime on, guys who have had a good season".
"I mean, I've kept giving myself chances this year".
"I hit some balls today and felt absolutely fine and really comfortable with my swing and the way it's moving", he said. Who has some guts?
Defending champion Thomas agreed there would be plenty of low scores, but warned the course was not exactly a pushover.
"I'm taking advantage of this time to study the secrets of the greens and all the pitfalls that it can cause", he said.
"He has changed the game for our generation", Molinari said. For almost a half century, the hole played the highest to par in U.S. Open history. Winning in France will not be easy.
Of the current top eight, only Thomas has never played in a Ryder Cup and Koepka has never played in a road Ryder Cup.
The matches will have some serious star power. "But if I feel like I can compete and have some fun and not get in the way, I would love to keep competing and break that record".
"Partly, I'm not like - I'm not a great communicator of my feelings anyway in general, so it helps if I write it down. So, you've got two very, very solid teams, and we have our hands full".
Rory McIlroy is on the verge of turning consistency into a stream of silverware, according to European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn. Justin Rose has been a stalwart.
Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy were among those playing as soon as the course was open for play. Both Finau and Schauffele are on the cusp of qualifying for the team on points; Finau now sits at No. 13 on the list, while Schauffele is 11th. "That was probably a sign that I should have picked up a lot quicker on". "It's going to be a big atmosphere out there and I'm looking forward to that". I think there was like a couple of clubs that I might have needed one, but it was all right. Garcia has but one top 10 in his last 11 global starts, that coming at the French Open in July, where he tied for eighth.
Furyk admits Woods might have to recuse himself from discussions over the wild cards given that, barring victory in the US PGA, he will need one himself to make the team. "He just had his fourth back surgery, so to get to this point is a phenomenal achievement already".
Oosthuizen, who completed the unwanted feat of a career Slam of second-place finishes in golf's four elite events previous year, is the highest-ranked of the half dozen golfers carrying the South African flag this week.
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