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Love III Makes Three Ryder Cup Picks

Rickie Fowler

The U.S. Ryder Cup team has three new members after captain Davis Love III announced that Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar will be a part of the American squad looking for redemption later this month at Hazeltine.

They will join Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka representing the United States in Minnesota. Love still has one more decision to make with the 12th member of the team being announced on Sept. 26 just five days before the competition begins.

Here is a look at the three captain’s picks made this morning.

Rickie Fowler

It hasn’t been a great summer for Fowler after a stellar 2015 campaign, and a winless Ryder Cup record may have complicated things for Love. However, his addition to the team room, ability to partner with good friend Jimmy Walker and past experience in team competition swayed Love in his direction.

  • Ryder Cup Record: 0-3-5
  • OWGR: 9
  • Wins this Season: 0
  • Top-10’s: 8
  • Made Cuts: 17/22
  • Masters: CUT
  • U.S. Open: CUT
  • The Open: T46
  • PGA Champ: T33

Matt Kuchar

It wasn’t a team competition, but the Olympics certainly helped Kuchar find a way on the U.S. team after the Georgia Tech alum captured a bronze medal in Rio. True to his reputation, Kuchar has been incredibly consistent all year long with 14 top-25 finishes and just two missed cuts.

  • Ryder Cup Record: 4-5-2
  • OWGR: 17
  • Wins this Season: 0
  • Top-10’s: 9
  • Made Cuts: 22/24
  • Masters: T24
  • U.S. Open: T46
  • The Open: T46
  • PGA Champ: CUT

J.B. Holmes

Although he hasn’t won this season, Holmes has been consistent with 10 of his 21 starts resulting in top-25 finishes. Another long driver of the ball — he is ranked second in driving distance this year on the PGA tour — Holmes played well in his only Ryder Cup appearance when the U.S. won in 2008 at Valhalla.

  • Ryder Cup Record: 2-0-1
  • OWGR: 21
  • Wins this Season: 0
  • Top-10’s: 6
  • Made Cuts: 16/21
  • Masters: T4
  • U.S. Open: CUT
  • The Open: 3
  • PGA Champ: CUT

With one spot still available, the following players will be hoping to get the golden ticket in two weeks:

Bubba Watson    

Despite his best form of the season being six months ago and a shaky Ryder Cup record that only includes three points in as many competitions, Watson’s place as the No. 7 player in the world would seem to make it difficult for Love to skip over him. His prodigious length could be an important asset at Hazeltine, which can stretch to nearly 7,700 yards.

  • Ryder Cup Record: 3-8-0
  • OWGR: 7
  • Wins this Season: 1
  • Top-10’s: 3
  • Made Cuts: 17/18
  • Masters: T37
  • U.S. Open: T51
  • The Open: T39
  • PGA Champ: T60

Ryan Moore

His love of match play and strong recent form make Moore a solid candidate to be on Love’s team, but a poor showing at the BMW Championship may have taken away some of the momentum he had after a pair of top-10s at The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship.

  • Ryder Cup Record: None
  • OWGR: 42
  • Wins this Season: 1
  • Top-10’s: 8
  • Made Cuts: 18/22
  • Masters: CUT
  • U.S. Open: T32
  • The Open: T46
  • PGA Champ: T70

Daniel Berger

It’s now two straight Tour Championship appearances for the 23-year-old Floridian who won this summer in Memphis. If Love is looking for young blood, Berger is an excellent option. His T10 finish at the BMW Championship is helpful.

  • Ryder Cup Record: None
  • OWGR: 37
  • Wins this Season: 1
  • Top-10’s: 6
  • Made Cuts: 22/25
  • Masters: T10
  • U.S. Open: T37
  • The Open: DNP
  • PGA Champ: T73

Jim Furyk

An injury sidelined Furyk until May, but he made a strong comeback with a tie for second at the U.S. Open and an all-time low 58 carded at the Travelers Championship. However, picking Furyk may feel like more of the same when younger options are available.

  • Ryder Cup Record: 10-20-4
  • OWGR: 24
  • Wins this Season: 0
  • Top-10’s: 3
  • Made Cuts: 12/14
  • Masters: DNP
  • U.S. Open: T2
  • The Open: T59
  • PGA Champ: T73


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