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NORTON, Mass. -- Jim Furyk just made Davis Love III's life a bit more complicated.

See, Love is the U.S. Ryder Cup captain and Furyk is one of his vice captains who also happens to be among a small group of players who could make the American squad -- if Love picks him.

When asked how those discussions might go with Love, Furyk said he didn't know.

"I haven't had any discussions with Davis, yet," said Furyk. "You know, I don't know. I don't really know how that would work. I guess that would be Davis' decision. If he is considering me for a captain's pick, then that would be very awkward.

"... If he's not, it'd be real easy to hop right on in there with everyone else and discuss who are the best four guys to pick."

Furyk showed flashes of great play in recent months, most spectacularly with his record-setting 58 at the Travelers Championship as well as a top-2 finish at the U.S. Open. But when the 46-year-old didn't advance to the third tournament of the FedEx Cup playoffs after his T-57 at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, he put Love in a bit of a pickle.

How do you use a captain's pick on a golfer who finished 86th in the FedEx Cup standings and has only five top-25 finishes all season? Or select a player in Furyk who owns a 10-20-4 record in the Ryder Cup, with those 20 defeats being the most in U.S. Ryder Cup team history?

On the other hand, Furyk's season was severely limited due to wrist surgery which saw him play the fewest number of tournaments (14) in a season since 2004, when he also had wrist surgery. The nine-time Ryder Cup team member also impressively finished 15th on the points list when most other players teed it up five or 10 more times than him.

Love will make three of his selections on Sept. 12, the day after the BMW Championship ends. He'll make his final pick on Sunday, Sept. 25 after the final round of the Tour Championship.

Furky admits that not getting into this coming week's field at the BMW Championship means one less week of showing he is deserving of a spot on the U.S. roster.

"I definitely hurts, not having another week to play," said Furyk. "The way I look at it, it's always opportunities to give yourself as many opportunities as you could to play well, to keep these playoffs going, to keep the season going, to keep my name in there. So yeah, I think it hurts."