It’s break time for Ryder Cup picks

Big Victory For Chris Kirk


So who done their best Ryder Cup box for U.S. captain Tom Watson this week during a Deutsche Bank Championship?

Watson himself was a startling preference to lead Team USA, so if he went with that same line of thinking, who competence he chose?

Our scribes dive into those topics and some-more in a latest book of Four-Ball.


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1. If we were Tom Watson, who are we adding to Team USA with your 3 captain’s picks on Tuesday night?

Michael Collins, comparison golf analyst: Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Chris Kirk. Give me dual guys with knowledge and a male who stared down universe No. 1 Rory McIlroy, not once, though twice this week during a Deutsche Bank Championship.

Farrell Evans, comparison golf writer: Keegan Bradley: He went 3-0 with Phil Mickelson during a Medinah matches. He energized Mickelson, who will be a personality and romantic anchor of this team. Hunter Mahan: A two-time Ryder Cupper, Mahan is one of a best drivers of a round in a game. He will fit with any actor Watson pairs him with during Gleneagles. Bill Haas: The five-time debate leader has had a T-2, T-15 and T-9 in his past 3 starts. He would be a Ryder Cup rookie, though he is a two-time Presidents Cup member.

Bob Harig, comparison golf writer: There is no “hit-you-over-the-head” pick, so here goes: Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Chris Kirk. Bradley, due to his passion and glorious pairing possibilities with Phil Mickelson. Mahan and Kirk since they’ve won a playoff events and during slightest have shown form with a matches usually a few weeks away.

Kevin Maguire, comparison golf editor: Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Chris Kirk. Bradley was most a shoo-in and he done Watson’s life easier with a T-16 finish during a Deutsche Bank Championship. The other dual spots are adult in a air, though I’ll go with Barclays leader Hunter Mahan (despite 3 rounds in a 70s in Boston) and Chris Kirk, who cashed a winner’s check this week. Webb Simpson, unfortunately, ends adult as a peculiar male out. Brandt Snedeker had a shot, though blank a cut dual true weeks in a playoffs expected finished his chances.

2. Give us an outside-the-box collect who should be on Tom Watson’s radar.

Collins: Knowing Billy Horschel is trending behind into form and a appetite he’d pierce in a antagonistic environment, I’d wish U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson is during slightest deliberation him … even after that shot on a 18th on Monday.

Evans: Tom Watson pronounced he wanted prohibited players. Chris Kirk won this week during Deutsche Bank underneath a good understanding of final-round pressure. He’s now won twice in a 2013-2014 season.

Harig: Bill Haas. With nobody station out, Haas fits a mold of a plain actor who has been solid, if not spectacular, all year. Since withdrawing from a RBC Heritage in April, he has not missed a cut.

Maguire: Billy Horschel, since he has a intensity to be a American chronicle of Ian Poulter, during slightest from a passion standpoint. Remember, this is a male who has been famous to uncover this kind of emotion and isn’t fearful to wear some horrific-looking clothing that mostly pops adult during a Ryder Cup. (Just kidding.) Horschel hasn’t played good a final integrate of months, and his self-described misfortune pitch of a week Monday couldn’t have come during a worse time, though a fad this male could pierce would be awesome.

3. Share a “bubble guy” who is personification a BMW Championship and could make a margin during East Lake.

Collins: Morgan Hoffmann. He was on a outward looking in and played his approach into Deutsche Bank Championship. Even with dual doubles on Monday, he managed to fire even standard and pierce adult 4 spots. He’s got a diversion to make it to Atlanta.

Evans: Kevin Stadler. At 32nd in a standings, Stadler is in a good position to jump into a tip 30. He took his initial Tour win progressing this year in Phoenix on his approach to creation a cut in all 4 majors, including a tie for eighth in a Masters. At a Barclays, he finished in a tie for 16th.

Harig: Phil Mickelson. Lefty has zero to lose, and he earnings to a venue where he had success as an amateur. He has done each Tour Championship in a FedEx epoch and has never finished worse than 15th in a final standings. He needs a good week to get behind to Atlanta.

Maguire: Morgan Hoffmann. He started a playoffs during No. 124 out of 125 and posted a T-9 during a Barclays. Then, by birdieing a final dual holes Monday during a Deutsche Bank Championship, a Oklahoma State product punched his sheet to a BMW Championship. He’ll start a week during Cherry Hills in a 68th (out of 70) container in FedEx Cup points, and usually a tip 30 pierce on to a Tour Championship. He expected never suspicion he’d get this far, so because not continue a dream one some-more week?

4. What will be a biggest plea confronting a margin of 70 players this week during Cherry Hills, horde venue of a BMW Championship?

Collins: Learning a march they’ve never seen before in dual days. Most of a guys personification this week have never set feet on Cherry Hills, and even for those who took a private jet there, tired will be a factor. So balancing practice, credentials and rest will be a challenge.

Evans: Fatigue. Three uninterrupted weeks is a tough widen for any player. And it’s done some-more formidable with a vigour of advancing in a playoff scenario.

Harig: Few, if any of a players, know a venue, that is a monument in debate golf these days. And they have really small time to learn it. Those who played Monday will expected opt to take Tuesday off and have only a pro-am on Wednesday to prepare. Perhaps those players who skipped a Barclays, such as Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, have an advantage for that reason.

Maguire: The altitude change personification so distant above sea level. These guys know how to adjust to courses from week to week, even new ones during a playoffs like Conway Farms final year for a BMW. But a altitude change isn’t something they understanding with all that mostly during a deteriorate and a male like Geoff Ogilvy, who won during Reno-Tahoe, could be an doubtful sleeper pick.

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