How Ryder Cup scramble is the PGA’s game within the game

ST. LOUIS — There are two major championships taking place at the Bellerive Country Club this week.

Sure, the PGA Championship is the last of the four majors to be played this year, but there’s a lot more than the Wanamaker Trophy and personal legacies at stake for many of the players who’ll tee it up in Thursday’s opening round.

There are massive Ryder Cup implications in the balance this week — even though the intense biennial competition does not begin until the last week of September in France.

By night’s end Sunday, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and European captain Thomas Bjorn — both of whom are competing this week — will have the top eight of their 12-man teams set, leaving their captain’s picks to come next month.

“It’s stressful,’’ Furyk said. “You’re already on edge going into a major championship with an opportunity. We put a lot of pressure on players. It’s like there’s two scoreboards — one for playing, and one you’re getting at home checking out the guys around you.

“I’ve been (through) that — I think I came to the PGA in the seventh or eighth spot a couple times. You’re trying to figure out how No. 9, 10, and 11 played. It definitely becomes that tournament within a tournament. But what you have to keep reminding yourself

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