U.S. captain Davis Love picks Furyk, Snedeker, Stricker and Johnson for Ryder Cup team
By Sean Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org September 4, 2012 8:32PM
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 03: Jim Furyk tees off on the fourth hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 3, 2012 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Updated: October 6, 2012 1:54PM
Davis Love III completed his U.S. team with his four captain’s picks Tuesday morning, providing the final major move toward the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club later this month.
At the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square, Love announced Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker as his selections. They join the eight automatic qualifiers: Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson.
“The announcement of the team is really the last step,” tournament director Michael Belot told the Sun-Times. “Everything is coming together.
“Now, it’s about putting on the finishing touches.”
And to let nature takes its course.
Last Wednesday, Belot said Medinah’s board decided not to allow limited play by its members in the weeks leading up to the Ryder Cup, which begins Sept. 25. That means the championship course, No. 3, will get plenty of time to heal, with only players from the U.S. and European sides able to practice on it.
“It’s a big decision,” Belot said, “but I think when you have the biggest [golf] event, you certainly want to do everything to make sure it’s in the world’s greatest shape.”
As for Love, he finished one of his most important responsibilities with his captain’s picks.
Hard to argue the selection of Snedeker, Stricker and Johnson. Stricker was 10th in the Team USA standings, and he plays well with Woods. Snedeker (13th) and Johnson (15th) have played well in recent weeks and both rallied after missing time earlier in the season with injuries.
In picking Furyk, though, Love may be leaning too heavily on experience. Furyk is 11th in the points standings, but he’s got an 8-15-4 Ryder Cup record, and he’s had some notable tough weekend collapses this season.
Hunter Mahan (ninth in points standings) and Rickie Fowler (12th) were among the most notable U.S. players not to make the team. Both graciously handled their disappointment.
Interestingly, Martin Kaymer, a member of the European team, expressed surprise at the omission of Fowler.
“I expected Dustin and Stricker but also thought Rickie had a good chance because he made a really good impression in Wales two years ago,” Kaymer said, referring to Fowler’s 2010 performance at the Ryder Cup. “So I thought Rickie would be a strong chance of getting a pick, but then Furyk is a good pick because of his experience and he’s a guy who has been there many, many times.”
Love, though, couldn’t be more pleased with what he’s got to work with as the U.S. tries to win for only the second time since 2002.
“I think we have got a great team,” Love said. “I think we are extremely deep this time; I think deeper than we have ever been.
I can’t tell you how excited for the next 22 days I’m going to be to talk to these guys, work with these guys, make some pairings and get ready to play some golf.”