Tom Watson, the American Ryder Cup captain charged with winning the little gold trophy at Gleneagles in 2014, has decided to reduce his number of captain’s picks from four to three with the idea of allowing one more guy to technically play his way onto the team.
Is Hunter Mahan smiling or not?
Mahan was the odd man out last year when the automatic qualifiers were determined and he was not chosen by captain Davis Love III. Under Watson’s rules, Mahan would have played at Medinah.
Is this a monumental shift in the American approach to the Ryder Cup?
It still will allow Watson to pick three players, and he’s said he intends to go with players who are playing the best at the time.
What worked for Paul Azinger – four picks – didn’t quite work for Corey Pavin and Love.
Watson wants to do it his way. Can’t blame him for that.