Ryder Cup pick 'beyond special', says Woods

US Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk will name his first three wild cards on Tuesday

Furyk will reveal his selections in Philadelphia on Tuesday but there is less suspense than usual, with the names all but picking themselves for the team to face Europe in France this month.

Jim Furyk will pick the last of his wildcards after the BMW Championship, which gets underway in Pennsylvania today.

Woods has a pedestrian Ryder Cup record of 13 wins, 17 losses and three halves, though he has been stellar in singles, losing only once, on his debut in 1997. He approached the event with all the enthusiasm of a trip to the dentist in his younger days, but has warmed to the team format in recent years.

There were no surprises when Furyk revealed his three captain's picks in Philadelphia, with in-form 24-year-old Bryson DeChambeau, victor of the past two events on the PGA Tour, chosen along with the seasoned Woods and Mickelson.

Woods only returned to competitive golf in November but has been impressive ever since, recording five top-10 finishes and missing just two halfway cuts, with sixth place in the Open at Carnoustie and second in the US PGA removing any lingering doubts about his place on team.

Furthermore, DeChambeau and Woods have struck up a rapport that suggests they would be good partners in Paris.

Mickelson has an 18-20-7 Ryder Cup record.

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It is probably not too much to expect one captain's pick in the twilight of his career. "We haven't done that in 25 years", Mickelson said.

"I'd love to go over there and give it a shot to win for the first time on European soil for quite some time". His last time overseas was at Gleneagles, where he infamously closed out a losing press conference by questioning captain Tom Watson and the direction the PGA of America was taking the USA team.

The addition of the 14-time major champion is something that few Ryder Cup teams have been able to call upon, and it will mark the 42-year-old's seventh appearance in the competition.

With 21.5 points, he trails only Billy Casper (23.5) and Arnold Palmer (23).

The final player will be selected by Furyk after this week's BMW Championship, and, here, we assess five contenders to be the 12th man for the United States of America in Paris.

There is a final chance for the likes of Tony Finau and Kevin Kisner to impress the US Ryder Cup captain this week.

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