Ryder Cup 2016: Breaking down Team USA's potential captain's picks

Toby Graves
Сентября 12, 2016

The final place will be awarded by Love following the FedEx Cup climax - the Tour Championship - in a fortnight's time on Sunday before the Ryder Cup, with big-hitting JB Holmes now in the box seat.

The task Davis Love III faces in the coming hours in determining three of his four captain's pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team pretty much boils down to this: will Love select what Phil Mickelson called this week the obvious players, or will Love turn away from the stalwarts of past U.S. teams in favor of new blood?

Playing his fifth straight week, Fowler admitted he was running out of energy.

As it turned out, when J.B. Hazeltine is a big course and Holmes is a masher off the tee. Fowler was bumped to 31st, just behind Charl Schwartzel - who shot a final-round 64 to move into a tie for fourth and jump up from 43rd in FedEx Cup points.

"I did everything I could do", said Fowler of his final round after a rough start to the week at Crooked Stick.

"Growing up I watched The Ryder Cup and remember Seve and Olazábal at The Belfry, and some of the other great partnerships like Langer, Faldo and Montgomerie".

"It's a tournament where you get feelings you've never had before".

"I think the difference between home and away games on course setup and what courses we play has kind of vanished because most of the top European golfers live and play in the U.S.", he said. While competing on the men's Olympic golf tournament, where he finished tied for 37th, Fowler chose to add the Wyndham Championship to his schedule in an effort to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team on points. That tournament ultimately cost him his spot at East Lake, because had he finished one place higher, he would have easily advanced.

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Matt Kuchar (Ryder Cup record: 4-5-2) - After an impressive showing at the Rio Olympics, Kuchar appears to be the most likely and validated candidate to make the team.

There are arguments for and against Fowler, to be sure.

He might be ranked seventh in the world but heaven knows how, given its six months since he mustered his last top 10 in America, while at the Ryder Cup he's won two and lost five of his last seven matches.

"I've done basically everything I can do as far as schedule and playing and obviously it would have been nice to play better to make the pick a lot easier on him, but whether he has his mind made up or is still thinking, that's up to him", Fowler said.

Knox was the tough-luck loser when it came to the picks, having narrowly missed qualifying for the team; Casey was not eligible because he is not a member of the European Tour.

It hosted the Tony Jacklin charity event, a venue where Jacklin twice captained the European Ryder Cup team. As it is, McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett and Justin Rose also play on the PGA Tour.

After his win, Dustin Johnson will take the lead in the standings heading to Atlanta.

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