x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Johnson, Furyk, Stricker and Snedeker handed wild cards

US captain Davis Love III rounded off his 12-man team with experienced hands in Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker, plus a rookie to Ryder Cup play in Brandt Snedeker.

Jim Furyk was one of captain Davis Love III's wild cards because of his experience with the format and pressure.
Jim Furyk was one of captain Davis Love III's wild cards because of his experience with the format and pressure.

 

New York // Davis Love III became the third successive US captain to pick a Ryder Cup rookie, and the first captain since 1997 who had to spend a pick on Jim Furyk.

Love filled out his 12-man team on Tuesday by selecting Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, one of four Ryder Cup rookies who will be playing in a team competition for the first time as a professional.

Johnson and Snedeker, in effect, played their way onto the team in the last two weeks as the only Americans to finish among the top six in both FedEx Cup play-off events

It was a performance that made it difficult for Love to ignore.

The Ryder Cup is from September 28 to 30 at Medinah, outside Chicago.

Even though Europe has dominated this competition since 1995 - they have won six of the last eight tournaments - they have won on US soil only twice in the past 20 years.

The Ryder Cup has never looked stronger on paper.

Including captain Jose Maria Olazabal's European side, it will feature 24 of the top 36 players in the world ranking.

The Americans have 10 players from the top 20.

The US could have been even stronger in the world ranking, except that Love left out Hunter Mahan, a two-time winner this year who is No 19.

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