My First & Certainly Not Last Pontification On Team USA Ryder Cup 2012
Woods, Watson, Dufner, Bradley, Simpson, Z. Johnson, Kuchar & Mickelson. Not an over-inflated law firm or medical practice, but the ocho automatic qualifiers for Team USA ~ Ryder Cup 2012. Captain D to the L to One, Two, Three now has four more roses to hand out at the ceremony in a few weeks. Will he go all Azinger and come up with a method, or will he go all Pavin and do something else?
Here is some fat on which to chew:
a) the next 4 guys on the list are Mahan, Stricker, Furyk and Fowler;
b) the guy that’s never made a team but seems to have all-world potential is #14, Bo Van Pelt;
c) other than D. Johnson at #15, no one else on the list, not even #13 Snedeker, leaps off the web page;
Therefore, Captain Love’s (is that a poet from the 1970s?) choice should be reduced to go with the next four or dump someone and add D. Johnson? I think that it comes down to D. Johnson vs. Fowler. Stricker is a lock (who else can play with Tiger in team events?) and maybe he keeps Furyk for old-guy wisdom, knowing that it is likely Furyk’s last Ryder Cup and that he will be Captain some day. Unless Mahan is an awesome partner for someone, he also might get cut.
So here is the low-down, nitty-gritty: #9 is Stricker, #10 is Furyk, #11 is Mahan (he does win tournaments, Ricky!!) and #12 is D. Johnson, with Fowler getting the alternate sl0t.
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