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In Davis Love III we trust

Fowler, Kuchar, Holmes picked for USA Ryder Cup team.

United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III made his first three captain’s picks on Monday, adding J.B. Holmes, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar to the team that hopes to end Europe’s winning streak.

Each of the three has prior Ryder Cup experience, with Holmes making the team for the second time. His only previous appearance was in 2008 at Valhalla, the last time the U.S. won the Ryder Cup.

Kuchar will make his fourth consecutive Ryder Cup appearance, and Fowler is playing for the third time — but his first on American soil.

Love said he and vice-captains Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Tom Lehman were in contact Sunday as the final round of the BMW Championship concluded.

“It was a very, very tough decision,” Love said, “but we kept coming back to these three.”

Love now has one more pick to make following the TOUR Championship. He plans to make the announcement Sunday night, Sept. 25, after completion of the FedExCup Playoff Finale.

A quick look at the 3 captain’s picks:

J.B. HOLMES

The long-hitting Holmes went 2-0-1 in his only previous Ryder Cup appearance in 2008. Comes off a tie for fourth on Sunday at the BMW Championship. His last PGA TOUR win was the 2015 Shell Houston Open.

Love on Holmes: “He’s so steady. He’s easy to pair. Got a lot of experience. He’s consistent.”

MATT KUCHAR

Making his fourth Ryder Cup appearance, with a career record of 4-5-2. Has 10 top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR, the most of any player without a win this season. Claimed the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.

Love on Kuchar: “Great attitude for match play. A great partner. Like J.B., he’s consistent, easy to pair.”

RICKIE FOWLER

Making his third Ryder Cup appearance, with a career record of 0-3-5. Has eight top-10 finishes on TOUR this season, including a playoff loss at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Was knocked out of the FedExCup Playoffs after finishing 59th in the BMW Championship.

Love on Fowler: “We found no weaknesses in his game. He’s such a great teammate. He’s really confident on the big stage … brings a lot of intangibles.”

 

Tiger Woods for Ryder Cup captain’s pick?

Tiger Woods is already a vice captain for the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team. But could he be a captain’s pick for Davis Love III’s squad instead?

Woods, 40, hasn’t played since last year’s Wyndham Championship because of his two back surgeries and has dropped to No. 726 in the official world golf rankings, but he did announce a planned return to the PGA Tour last Wednesday.


Woods is expected to return to action at the 2016 Safeway Open on Oct. 13-16.

Davis love revealed three of his four captain’s picks: Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar. All three picks joined the press conference via Skype and were involved in the Q&A portion.  In the conference,  Kuchar raised many eyebrows when he said, “I heard maybe even Tiger Woods could potentially be a pick,” .

“It could strictly be a rumour,” Kuchar added. “But I mean, I know he’s playing Safeway. Imagine Tiger Woods being a playing captain, absolutely incredible. That last pick is going to be quite amazing. I don’t envy Davis’ position. So it’s a tough job. But gosh, imagine that, Tiger Woods playing for Team USA, being a captain, that would be incredible.”

Love then jumped in, telling Kuchar, jokingly, to not “give away our secrets.”

“You’re going to get a call from Coach (Bill) Belichick here in a minute,” Love told Kuchar.

Love will officially announce his final pick after the Tour Championship in two weeks. As for Woods being that selection, I guess we’ll have to “wait for it …”

Team USA for RIO 2016

When golf marks its return to the Olympics after a 112-year long wait, the United States will send an impressive foursome of men’s talent onto the course at the Reserva de Marapendi in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca zone. All four are among the top eight in the Olympic golf rankings, putting Team USA in contention for multiple medals in Rio.

Bubba Watson (No. 6 in the world, No. 1 in Olympic rankings), Rickie Fowler (No. 7 – world, No. 3 – Olympic), Patrick Reed (No. 14 – world, No. 7 – Olympic) and Matt Kuchar (No. 17 – world, No. 8 – Olympic) will comprise the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Golf Team.

Bubba Watson.

Bubba Watson.
Bubba Watson.

Gerry Lester “Bubba” Watson, Jr, a left-handed golfer is a multiple major champion, having won the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014. In February 2015, Watson reached a career-high 2nd place in the Official World Golf Ranking. His presence at the Olympics can break the ‘Olympic medal’ dream of many.

Rickie Fowler.

Rickie Fowler.
Rickie Fowler.

Rick Yutaka Fowler was the number one ranked amateur golfer in the world for 37 weeks in 2007 and 2008. On January 24, 2016, he reached a career-high fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking. Fowler too will represent America at this year Olympics.

Patrick Reed.

Patrick Reed.
Patrick Reed.

Patrick Nathaniel Reed is most notable for his victory in the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship. Patrick is the 3rd member of the American crew.

Matt Kuchar.
Matt Kuchar.

Matthew Gregory Kuchar won the 1997 U.S. Amateur championship, then received the Haskins Award in 1998, recognising him as the nation’s top collegiate golfer. Kuchar concludes the American team.

Team USA will be the only country with four men’s golfers in Rio.