Bubba practices with US team at Hazeltine
Bubba Watson was one of three Ryder Cup hopefuls to practice with members of the US team at Hazeltine on Monday. The world No. 7 ended ninth in the qualifying standings and it came as no surprise when Watson was not one of David Love III’s initial captain’s picks. However, there is still one more place up for grabs and the decision to invite Watson, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger suggests they are the three main contenders. The trio gained experience of the course while playing alongside Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and PGA champion Jimmy Walker. Vice-captains Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk were also in attendance as the US plot a way to win back the Ryder Cup after Europe’s recent dominant showings. Watson may well have some work to do to force his way into the reckoning having failed to post a single top-10 finish on the PGA tour since March. The two-time Masters winner also boasts a surprisingly poor record in the Ryder Cup, having won just three of his matches despite playing in 2010 at Celtic Manor, in 2012 at Medinah and last time at out in 2014 at Gleneagles.