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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.”

 

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.

 

British Open 2016: Nine strong contenders for the Claret Jug.

The British Open is here and boy do we have some story-lines.

This year, both Majors and US open have been won by first-time major winners and the golfing world is keen to see the winner of the British open scheduled next week.

The Royal Troon has often delivered strange winners, the list of golfers below are the ones to look upon if you are a neutral party and just want to enjoy some good golf. These nine represent the best stories with the most real chances of holding the Claret Jug.

Get set go.

1. Rickie Fowler:

Rickie Fowler.
Rickie Fowler.

This world no. 4  could reasonably be called the best player in the world without a major championship. He has two top-fives in his last five Opens to prove it. If you’re lusting for an American dream to come true, this is the one to root for.

2. Lee Westwood:

Lee Westwood.
Lee Westwood.

Speaking of top-30 finishes, this 43-year-old guy for whom a major championship would mean so much. Especially at this stage of his career. Noted for his consistency, Westwood is one of the few golfers who has won tournaments on five continents – Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia, the golfer definitely deserves a no. two place on this list.

3. Sergio Garcia:

Sergio Garcia.
Sergio Garcia.

It seems completely unfair that the man has 21 top-10 finishes at major championships and no wins. Garcia has spent much of his career in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking (over 300 weeks between 2000 and 2009). British open could finally end his long wait.

4. Henrik Stenson:

Henrik Stenson.
Henrik Stenson.

Yet another no-time major championship winner. This player from Sweden doesn’t have the heartbreak of the others, but he does have three top-threes in British open since 2008. It would be a delight to see him take home the Claret Jug.

5. Dustin Johnson:

Dustin Johnson.
Dustin Johnson.

After winning the US open Johnson fancies his chances of winning the British open to make it three straight tournament wins including two major championships.

6. Jordan Spieth:

Jordan Speith.
Jordan Spieth.

This 22-year-old American golfer is former world number one and is a two-time major winner. Spieth tied the 72-hole record set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and became the second youngest to win the Masters, behind Woods. He then won the 2015 US open making him the youngest US open champion. The British open is the next Speith would be looking at.

7. Rory Mcilroy:

Rory Mcilory after winning the 2014 British open.
Rory Mcilroy after winning 2014 British open.

This Irish golfer is a 4-time major winner and is now ranked no.4 in the official world golf rankings. A win at the Open championship could make him top the world rankings.

8. Adam Scott:

Adam Scott.
Adam Scott.

His biggest win to date was the 2013 Masters Tournament, his first major championship and the first Masters won by an Australian in its history, also a 2012 runner-up of the Open championship Adam Scott is the no.8 on our list of strong contenders for the Claret Jug.

9. Shane Lowry:

Shane lowry.
Shane lowry.

This golfer has set his stakes high after his successful run at the US Open. The Irish beauty is no. 9 on our list of contenders for the Claret Jug.

These are our 9 favourites who should possibly win the third major of 2016.