Mickelson, 48, will compete in the tournament for a record 12th time, having made his Ryder Cup debut back in 1995. Furyk said at the press conference announcing his picks that Woods will no longer serve in that role so that he can properly prepare as a player. "I just want to get there".
"I think you have to look at the big picture through the course of the year statistically, what you're looking for with that particular course or players". So hopefully if I do make it this year that all things considered I'd be more comfortable when I got there.
It's hard to overstate what the four captain's picks have meant to the European Ryder Cup team both recently and historically.
We'll have our answer about whether they can in a month as the golf season winds down and builds toward what should be one of the most fascinating Ryder Cups in the last few decades. Five of his eight players who automatically qualified for the team are Ryder Cup rookies, which had a massive influence on his decisions.
"It's an extremely strong USA team", Poulter said, "but when you look at the European team on paper, I am getting goosebumps just talking about it".
Seven missed cuts from his past twelve starts, although a tie for 8th at the Open de France, which was played at the Ryder Cup's Le Golf National venue, might play in his favour.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson (64), Bubba Watson (66), Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain (68), Emillano Grillo of Argentina (70) and third-round leader Abraham Ancer of Mexico (73) finished tied for seventh at 11 under. "I'm just really glad that Thomas had confidence in me".More news: 'America was always great': Meghan McCain swipes at Trump
'We are all excited; Tiger and I spent time as partners and a lot of time as vice-captains talking strategy. "We've got three weeks to go and I want it to be next week".
Poulter, because he wasn't in form in 2016, served as a vice captain at Hazeltine.
Whether it's DeChambeau's capacity for compartmentalization or his unwavering confidence that makes him immune to those types of external concerns - he would call those standard deviations - there' s an undercurrent of optimism that he's poised to be Woods' flawless partner.
"Bryson was fantastic to play with", Woods said.
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.
"I have to say, I guess, 'thanks, ' you made it really easy on the captain", Furyk said with a smile as DeChambeau took the podium next to him.