Response To Tim McDonald's Hunter Mahan-Ryder Cup blog entry
Two points on Tim’s blog entry…the bloom is off the rose and the Cup events are seen in their entirety as the money-making shams they are. Sure, there’s some history, but that certainly doesn’t matter to the organizers. It might be the most stressful, busiest golf week of the year (Ryder and Presidents) for the players. Second point, Trahn, O’Hair and Snedeker are in the top 15 for points and in the top 20 heading through round three of the PGA. If all can make a splash (unlikely) they should bump Mahan out (who shot 160 for two days at the PGA.) Here are my thoughts on players 9-16 on the US List:
Woody Austin…IN…Sure, he played like stink this week, but he has immunity from last year’s Prez Cup.
Hunter Mahan…possibly IN…He’ll have another little press conference admitting his sins and on we’ll go. The PGA spin doctor, Julius Mason, is excellent at defusing these types of things.
D.J. Trahan…IN…having a good week, should have a good weekend for a top 10 or top 15…pack your bags.
Rocco Mediate…IN…he is this year’s Woody Austin…with Tiger out, he has the monopoly on Torrey mojo for team USA.
Sean O’Hair…possibly IN…they’ll take ANY excuse to get him on a team. Realistically, needs a top five and a Sunday challenge or win to make it.
Brandt Snedeker…possibly IN…see O’Hair, only top three or a win.
JB Holmes…NOT without a win…with the revelation to the press that this guy is a crawler, especially with the caddie lining him up, he’s toast. It’s like Sergio and the regrips all over again. He will NOT be speedy Azinger’s captain’s pick, especially given that he will slow his partner down.
OH MY GOODNESS…I forgot to mention Goydos. He needs a win today and has exactly 27 holes left to come through. Go Slugs (or whatever his mascot is.)
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I'll retract the "all or nothing" tone if you'll let me, based on Zinger's admission of the 9-2-08 date, but you do have to admit that major championship pressure had its way with JB Holmes (81 on Sunday) and Rocco (85 on Sunday). I still cannot put Rocco on the team for one week at Torrey. I think we look past him to the four younger guys currently at 11, 12, 13 and 15. Two of them will step up and make Zing's job simple.
- "No sentiment/favouritism", (Rocco, Stricker?)
- "Anyone who played badly at the PGA and lost confidence - Welcome to the club - you're not out of it yet" (Woody, Holmes, etc?)
- "Experience is important, but not key - after all that experience has been to lose the last Ryder Cups" , (rookies are favoured?)
Everything still to play for as regards the picks as far as I see it.