Love has 4 weeks to pick U.S. squad, and plenty of choices

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Doug Fer­gu­son

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

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