The way U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III looked at it, he could not go wrong.
“The good thing is, I could pick any four out of 10 guys and we’re going to get great players,” he said Sunday on the Golf Channel. “The bad thing is, I’m going to leave four or five guys off who could and should play.”
The four who will play at Medinah Country Club for the Sept. 28-30 event are: Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker.
Love, who made the announcement Tuesday morning in Times Square, the heart of New York, joked that he announced the selections by height.
Love said of Johnson: “Probably the best athlete on the team and perfect for Medinah.”
On Furyk: “We needed experience, and he is one of the most consistent and respected players on the tour.”
On Snedeker: “There has not been a hotter putter on tour, and he brings a lot to the team room. He can pair with anyone on our team, which is a great asset.”
On Stricker: “Maybe the best player on tour in my mind in the last 4-5 years. Another great putter and someone who I trust.”
They join the eight Americans who qualified on points: Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson.
Snedeker came on strong at the end, finishing second at The Barclays and sixth at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
“I knew I had to make a statement these last two weeks,” he said. “Davis wanted someone to win. Unfortunately I didn’t get that done, but I’m playing the best I have all year.”
Had the players continued to accrue points through the Deutsche Bank Championship, which ended Monday, Snedeker would have finished ninth, followed by Stricker, Hunter Mahan, Johnson, Furyk and Rickie Fowler. Bo Van Pelt would have been 15th, followed by Nick Watney.
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