"I think you've got a battle of two giants", U.S. captain Jim Furyk said.
"I sit in a good place", Bjorn said this week at Bellerive.
But the Spaniard has slipped to 23rd in the world rankings, perhaps suffering a psychological letdown after finally winning a major at the Masters a year ago, and also getting married.
Furyk played a fairly straight bat about whether he would select Woods, but perhaps exposed his hand when he said: "It's fun to see him (Woods) put himself in the mix and being 20th on the points (despite having played) few events is a pretty good spot".
"It's stressful", he said.
"We've known for the better part of 12 months that we were going to have a very strong team the way a lot of these guys have been playing", Bjorn said. It's like there's two scoreboards - one for playing and one you're checking out the guys around you. He is 19-11-7 and won 22.5 points.More news: Sony’s Marvel Universe Updates: Silver and Black Splitting into Two & More
"It has been 25 years".
"I was trading some information with Xander. So it doesn't come as a surprise to me or to the team that's going to play for the European side, but the American team is going to be great".
The top four in the US standings (Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed) have clinched spots. They are followed by Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson, who has a narrow lead over Bryson DeChambeau.
Phil Mickelson, who has never had to rely on a captain's pick, is at No.10.
"It's wonderful to be in that group, to make it that far", said Love, whose first major was the 1986 PGA. He made a decision to not to.
"I think you're looking at a battle of giants", Furyk said.More news: Fortnite is out now on Android exclusively on Samsung
Bjorn, however, wants to see improved play by 23rd-ranked Garcia before making his picks.
Among those in the top 50, Furyk also played once with Patrick Cantlay, Andrew Landry, Charles Howell III, Brandt Snedeker and James Hahn. Six days later, he will add the final player following the BMW Championship.
Tiger Woods is at No.20, roughly $US130,000 ($A175,506) in PGA Championship earnings from the No.8 spot. When a reporter asked Furyk if Woods had done enough already this season to merit a spot on the team, he danced around the question.
Furyk fiinished off the media conference by fielding a tough question: Has he given any thought to the prospect the USA team might lose?
Finau, at No. 13 in the standings, did not appear the least bit stressed when he finished his final practice round Wednesday at Bellerive. "As I said last week, I'm trending".
"So just coming back and being able to play at this level and compete; I've had my share of chances to win this year as well and hopefully I'll get it done this week". "That's all my focus is on". "I'm going to grab some lunch and get in some pool time with the kids".More news: MI voters weigh in on governor’s primaries