1. Davis Love III will announce his fourth and final Ryder Cup captain’s pick next Sunday night after the conclusion of the Tour Championship. Two questions: Who will Love pick, and who should Love pick?
Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@AlanShipnuck): Task force member Jim Furyk will be the pick, at the urging of fellow Task Forcer Phil Mickelson, made official by Davis Love, a member of the Task Force that made him captain. I will be happy if he takes literally any other player than Furyk, the biggest loser in Ryder Cup history.
Josh Sens, contributing writer, GOLF (@JoshSens): I was hoping for James Hahn, Ryan Moore, Tony Finau or Kevin Na, in part just to continue with the influx of new blood. It certainly couldn’t hurt, and it would be fun from a fan’s perspective to see new faces in the mix. I agree with Alan that it will be Furyk, a pick, that is, in a counterintuitive way, kind of bold, because Love risks taking tons of heat if Furyk has another poor showing in the event.
Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@GaryVanSickle): I still think it will be Bubba Watson if only because of his world ranking. I don’t see Furyk on a long, potentially soft Hazeltine track as a pick. Who should Love take? He should take an American player who showed up when it counted in August and September and got hot. Oops, there isn’t one.
Mark Godich, senior editor, Sports Illustrated (@markgodich): It’s going to be whoever fits in best in the team room, because we all know that’s where matches are won. I’m guessing that eliminates Kevin Na.
Jeff Ritter, Digital Developement Editor, GOLF.com (@Jeff_Ritter): Since Bubba was reportedly out there practicing with the team last week, I assume he’s the pick. But I’d like to see Love hand the final spot to any American not on the team who wins the Tour Championship. (And if none of them deliver, fine, pick Bubba.) Wasn’t the whole point of sliding the picks later in the schedule to get that hot golfer who emerges at the end?
Joe Passov, senior editor, GOLF (@joepassov): Jeff, that’s the question there–why have those late picks if not for the opportunity to pick the hot golfer? The problems here, are that there aren’t any truly hot golfers near the Top 20, nor any true proven winners at match play or on Tour. Ryan Moore is probably closest on all counts. But I’m not sure that those late, “hot” wild cards picks have done all that much anyway in recent years. That’s why my pick is Bubba Watson, who finished ninth on the points list. He earned his spot–and why can’t he get hot for three days?