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Love’s great picks turning Ryder Cup into Davis Cup

Updated: November 1, 2012 9:51AM

Davis Love III downplayed his player-friendly approach as U.S. Ryder Cup captain.

“It’s easy to have a plan when you have great players,” Love said. “The way they’re playing, anything would’ve worked.”

Love, though, deserves credit for his four captain’s picks, which were made at the beginning of this month. Dustin Johnson is 2-0 teaming with Matt Kuchar, and he sank a birdie putt on the 17th Saturday evening to key a one-up victory over Paul Lawrie and Nicolas Colsaerts, the hottest player Friday.

Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk, both captain’s picks, took on the European team’s top pair, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. The Americans lost to the Irishmen on Friday afternoon one up, but they rebounded by winning Saturday morning in foursome.

As for Steve Stricker, he’s 0-for-3 along with Tiger Woods. Stricker had only two birdies Saturday afternoon.

“We fought hard; unfortunately, it wasn’t enough,’’ Woods said. ‘‘Strick made a huge birdie at 12. We had two good looks at 18, but we just didn’t get it done.”

Bradley hot

It would be hard to imagine anyone making a better impression in his first Ryder Cup appearance than Keegan Bradley.

In his first match Friday morning, Bradley and Phil Mickelson beat Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia 4 and 3, then they defeated McIlroy and McDowell 2 and 1. On Saturday morning, Bradley and Mickelson embarrassed Lee Westwood and Donald 7 and 6, the largest margin of victory ever at the Ryder Cup, done only twice before.

“Keegan has just been on fire,” Love said. “He loves this stage.”

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