USA’s final Ryder Cup spot looking to be a three-way fight
While the rest of the world watches the Tour Championship in anticipation of finding out the FedEx Cup winner, Davis Love III will keep an eye on the players that may finalise his Ryder Cup squad.
The USA captain will name his final pick after the conclusion of the season finale at East Lake golf club, having used his other three selections to fill the roster with Rickie Fowler, JB Holmes and Matt Kuchar.
The surprise omission from that trio was Bubba Watson, who only missed out on automatic qualification by one spot and holds a higher world ranking than all three of the players already picked.
However, if the USA team’s Twitter account is anything to go by, then the two-time Masters champion is certainly in the frame to make the side.
During a practice round for the team at Ryder Cup-venue Hazeltine this week, Watson was invited to play with a handful of potential teammates, along with two other surprise names:
At Hazeltine practicing today: Daniel Berger, Fowler, Koepka, Mickelson, Snedeker, Spieth, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson #GoUSA
— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) September 19, 2016
Judging by that list, Daniel Berger and Justin Thomas are battling Watson for the final spot on the team.
Berger finished in 16th place in the qualification standings, with Thomas further back in 25th. But in spite of those low finishes have impressed Love III over the season.
Berger’s year has been disrupted by injury, but still features five top-10 finishes and a victory in FedEx St Jude Classic, while Thomas has finished in third on three occasions, most recently at the Travelers Championship.
Whoever is chosen to line up alongside Jordan Spieth and co will be joining a heavily-fancied outfit, with the USA our 8/15 favourites to win the Ryder Cup on their own patch.
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