USA Ryder Cup team takes shape
US Open clarifies matters – and what a team is emerging
Following Webb Simpson's Olympic
achievement, the American team is suddenly taking shape.
They will arrive at Medinah having won
only once since the turn of the millennium. Expected to be underdogs,
but suddenly that does not look the case and their team is packed
with players at the peak of their form.
Leading the way is the unlikely figure
of Jason Dufner, who has been transformed from the epitome of the
journeyman tour pro into a money-making machine.
He has barely been off the first page
of the leaderboard wherever he has played since missing out in a
play-off for last year's PGA that Keegan Bradley won. He is now
assured of a Ryder Cup debut at Medinah.
Next come America's two freshly minted
Major champions – Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson.
Their team is packed with players at the peak of their form.
Then it is quality and experience all
the way – Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods the multiple Major
champions and Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar, both of whom have won big
events (the Players and WGC Matchplay respectively) already this
After that, the last five places are
very much up for grabs. Captain Davis Love has four picks and he will
be selecting from the likes of Zach Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Rickie
Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker.
That looks to be an ominously good