As far as I am concerned, it’s never too early to start thinking about the Ryder Cup this year, and begin to get an idea who Captain Tom Watson, and Co-Captain, Ray Floyd will have available for Team USA. The Florida Swing will scramble the current standings, and when the Tour moves on to Texas, Captains on both teams should have a good idea who, and who will not play their way to Gleneagles in September. At this time it’s not looking too good for Team USA.
The sad part of the entire equation is that we spend almost two years evaluating players in a metal play format for a spot on a team that will be playing match-play golf when they get to the Ryder Cup competition. After watching the Accenture Match Play Championships last week, I think we might be in trouble. The good news is, we won’t have to face Jason Day or Ernie Els in Scotland, the bad news is we will have to face Graeme McDowell, and Victor Dubuisson.
At this point, most of the players we saw at Medinah in 2012 are not qualified for the 2014 Team, and with only three Captain’s picks available this year, there are some seasoned players who would not be on the team. The biggest name that is missing, is Tiger Woods. You almost have to think that the Worlds’s number one player would be the first Captain’s pick, but if he doesn’t get his game on-track soon, you have to think Tom Watson will make the best pick for the team.
Also missing from the list from recent players, are Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Hunter Mahan, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar. Wow!! Even Rickie Fowler has not yet reached the top nine in points, and Fowler looked very good at Dove Mountain last week.
Even youngsters, Jordan Spieth, and Patrick Reed, who have a lot of match-play experience from their amateur days have yet to crack the nine-player list of automatic qualifiers.
I’ll have to admit, I wasn’t impressed with Points leader Jimmy Walker’s performance in The Accenture, but liked what I saw from Harris English. I am in agreement with Mark Rolfing’s assessment on Morning Drive of Harris’ game at Dove Mountain in particular, and his over-all talent in general. He is someone to keep an eye on between now and The Masters, with Rolfing picking the youngster to win it all at Augusta.
So take a long look at the current Ryder Cup Standings because I suspect they will be quite different when the Tour moves to San Antonio, and The Valero Texas Open next month. They better, or Team USA may have a big problem when they attempt to bring the Cup home in September.
Source: ESPN.com, PGATour.com
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