Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and JB Holmes have been named as the USA Ryder Cup captain’s picks by Davis Love III.
It means there is currently no place on the team to face Europe for the two-times Masters champion Bubba Watson, although there is one wildcard choice remaining.
Kuchar and Holmes finished joint fourth at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick on Sunday but Fowler could only manage 59th, which cost him his place at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club for the season finale, and left him wondering over the Ryder Cup wildcard picks.
However, Love put him out of his misery with a phone call late on Sunday to leave Watson, who was tied in 20th in Indiana, the one anxiously waiting, with one more pick to come after the Tour Championship.
Love said at a press conference: There were questions as late as last night but we kept coming back to these three. We were really close two weeks ago to this but it took us until last night to finish it off.
Rickie is so excited to be on the team again. We found no weaknesses in his game. He is such a great team-mate and confident on the big stage, he brings a lot of intangibles to our team.
JB is so steady, easy to pair, has a lot of experience, is consistent and been on a winning Ryder Cup team in the past.
I’ve been on a lot of teams with Matt and he has a great attitude for matchplay. Like JB he is consistent and easy to pair. These three guys are who we all really wanted.
We are excited we have 11 players and we can move on. This was a tough decision and we have another tough decision coming up in two weeks.
The Ryder Cup begins at Hazeltine on 30 September.
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