Love has 4 weeks to pick U.S. squad, and plenty of choices
set one week earlier.
Now comes the hard part for Love and European captain Darren Clarke.
Clarke makes his three choices today. On a team that already features five Ryder Cup rookies, he is looking hard at experience and appears set on Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood. Two rookies whostand out are Russell Knox, a two-time PGA Tour winner this season who is No. 20 in the world, making him the sixth-highest ranked European; and Thomas Pieters, the Belgian loaded with power who won in Denmark on Sunday.
Also being considered is Luke Donald, who is slowly rounding into form. Donald has two runner-up finishes in the past five months, and a 10-4-1 record in his four previous Ryder Cups.
In a change this year, Love will have two more FedEx Cup playoff events before having to select three players. The fourth player won’t be announced until the Tour Championship ends Sept. 25. At Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn. Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 TV: Golf Channel, Chs. 11, 4
NEW YORK — Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has four weeks to find four players to fill out his U.S. team, and there won’t be a lack of information.
And to hear him Monday, there won’t be a lack of players.
“Anybody in the top 100 has to be on our radar because a guy could get hot the next two weeks and move himself to the Tour Championship and be in the running for the FedEx Cup,” Love said. “And I get to pick him on Sunday night.”
The Barclays ended U.S. qualifying for the eight automatic spots, and while there was a flutter of excitement from Rickie Fowler, there was no change among the top eight when Fowler collapsed over the final four holes. Zach Johnson wound up getting the final spot, joined by Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka, PGA champion Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson.
Europe’s nine automatic qualifiers were