Branden Grace and Tommy Fleetwood would've been eliminated on the first day using the old match-play format, yet both took advantage of the new-look WGC-Cadillac Match Play to advance Friday at TPC Harding Park.
Jim Furyk took on his 16th partner in his ninth Ryder Cup during Saturday morning four-balls, and it turned out to be a pretty stout partnership as he and Hunter Mahan topped Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson, 4 and 3.
Jim Furyk has had 14 different partners over eight previous Ryder Cups, leaving him as America's "utility infielder." Meanwhile, Henrik Stenson returns to the Ryder Cup stage for the first time since 2008.
Had the deadline for U.S. Ryder Cup qualifying ended after the FedEx Cup playoffs, Billy Horschel and Chris Kirk would've been automatic picks. Also, the player with the best cumulative score in the playoffs? Jim Furyk.
Billy Horschel needed to play very well in the final three FedEx Cup events and did exactly that en route to Sunday's Tour Championship win, while Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy slipped. Here are 5 Things to know.
Each already a winner in this year's FedEx Cup Playoffs, Georgia's Chris Kirk and Florida's Billy Horschel jumped out to the lead in Thursday's first round at the Tour Championship with bogey-free rounds of 66 at East Lake in Atlanta.