Bryson DeChambeau won his second FedEx Cup play-off event in as many weeks with victory at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston.
And he solidified his claim to be one of Jim Furyk's captain's picks for the American Ryder Cup team, where he would join the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, back-to-back U.S. Open victor Brooks Koepka and others who have staked a claim to follow Tiger Woods as golf's next big thing.
The BMW Championship is the third of four events in the FedExCup Playoffs and determines the final field of 30 for the TOUR Championship.
"If he goes around and shoots eight-under par every time, that will work", Woods said with a smile.
"I haven't been part of the team playing-wise for six years", said the 42-year-old, who will be playing his eighth Ryder Cup. He has continued his steady climb up the world rankings through a strong summer, punctuated by consecutive victories to begin the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He declined to speak with media after his round, but is still a prime candidate to earn a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup.
Starting the day one shot behind overnight leader Abraham Ancer, DeChambeau soon got his nose in front thanks to two early birdies, and although Hideki Matsuyama, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Rory McIlroy briefly challenged his position, further birdies at seven, eight and nine saw him stretch things out.
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The 25-year-old laced his drive, but it came to rest less than 5cm into the medium rough at the end of the fairway and although he was only 185m from the flag, his second shot was impaired sufficiently by the rough to leave it well short and in the hazard. The small consolation for Ancer was moving from No. 92 to No. 56, which at least made him among the top 70 who advance to the BMW Championship at Aronimink.
Although the at-large pick was expected, it was still the culmination of a remarkable and unlikely run that didn't seem possible when Furyk named Woods to be one of his vice captains in January. He played with Keith Mitchell, another PGA Tour rookie, who birdied his last two holes for a 69.
There were no surprises when Furyk revealed his selections in Philadelphia, as the trio had virtually picked themselves - DeChambeau for his recent form and Woods and Mickelson for their vast experience in the event.
DeChambeau, who has never played in the biennial event, finished ninth on the list, while fourteen-time major victor Tiger Woods is also likely to be included. Woods closed with a 71 and tied for 24th.
Mickelson, 48, will compete in the tournament for a record 12th time, having made his Ryder Cup debut back in 1995.
World number one Dustin Johnson, who is second in the FedEx Cup standings, finished in a tie for seventh, five shots off the lead.