Bubba prac­tices with US team at Hazel­tine

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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.

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