Love selects three for Ryder Cup
When Davis Love III and the U.S. Ryder Cup team come to Hazeltine at the end of the month, they will be looking to avoid an unprecedented fourth straight defeat to the Europeans.
The U.S. has spent two years planning and strategizing in hopes of turning the tide, and Love’s first three captain’s picks lean heavily on experience as they try to end the skid.
Love chose Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar on Monday. He has one more pick to make, too.
The Americans haven’t won since Valhalla in 2008, and they have only one rookie on the current roster while the Europeans will be bringing six newcomers to Minnesota.
“Experience is good. We know what to expect. We know how to handle it, how to deal with it,” Love said. “We’ve been there. We’re going to learn from our mistakes in the past and build on it.”
Love didn’t surprise many people with his first three picks.
Where he goes for the fourth and final spot may be a little more intriguing.
Love said there was strong debate and discussion with vice captains Tiger Woods, Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk late into the afternoon on Sunday before a consensus was finally reached, and those conversations will only increase before he chooses the final member of the team on Sept. 25 after the Tour Championship. The Ryder Cup begins Sept. 30.
Holmes finished 10th in the Ryder Cup standings and called Love last week to tell him how important it was for him to be on the team.
Holmes finished tied for fourth at the BMW Championship on Sunday and is one of the few active Americans to have never lost in the event. He went 2-0-1 at Valhalla.
“Some of my greatest memories in golf were at the Ryder Cup at Valhalla,” Holmes said.
“So just really excited to get back in the Ryder Cup format and get out there and play.”
Fowler started the year with a victory in Abu Dhabi and was rolling at the Phoenix Open before losing a two-shot lead with two holes to play.
He also lost the 54-hole lead at Wells Fargo and at Barclays, which prevented him from qualifying for the team on points.
Fowler was part of the Ryder Cup Task Force aimed at turning around the Americans’ fortunes in the event, but he is 0-3-5 in two previous Ryder Cups, both on European soil.