Only three weeks left for aspiring players to automatically qualify for the 2018 Ryder Cup. Hope is not lost for those who can not take one of the eight selections; After the PGA Championship (the last chance for an automatic bid), the contestants will have another four tournaments to prove their skills to US captain Jim Furyk, who will announce three of his tips after the Dell Technologies Championship BMW Championship conclusion.
But with almost a full proof season (and two years of big appearances in tow), the American image comes into focus. And, surprisingly, there is only one chance that only half of the Moloch team will return in 201
Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth
No Speculation; these six have already received their invitation on the basis of accumulated points.
All these names were awarded to Paris before the start of the season, with the exception of Watson, who saw a resurrection in 2018 with three victories (Bubbaissance?). Although he has not played in a US team since the 2015 Presidents Cup, Watson, 39, has won three Ryder Cups in his resume and set a 3-8 record in 11 games. The only real question is possible pairings with Bubba, though Webb Simpson (more on him in a moment) seems like a natural fit.
Thomas is the only one in this group without a Ryder Cup experience, only missing the team in 2016. The reigning player of the year, however, was a Tour de force at the Presidents Cup 2017 and won in four games 3.5 points.
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Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson
Something would have to go seriously wrong on the track so Fowler would not make the club would. He enjoys another solid year (10 top 25 in 16 starts, highlighted by a runner-up in the Masters), and while his punches have won, he is out of his historic feat, he was a core member of the last three winning teams in the US. Coupled with his successful partnership with Thomas at Liberty National, Fowler should keep the last weekend in September open on his calendar.
It's easy to mistake Simpson's current eighth place on the Ryder Cup list as a by-product of his Players Championship victory. That Sawgrass is Simpson's only victory in the last four years is true; In contrast, the former US Open champion has quietly cobbled together a nice 2018. Simpson has six top 10 in the season, with respectable performances in the top three majors (T-20 Masters, T-10 US Open, T-12 British). Combined with his second-rate skills and his fine short game (20th in SG / Approach, 5th in SG / Putting) Simpson would be a nice addition to a power-packed US squad.
As for Mickelson, yes, it would be a shock if you do not play in France. Not only is he ranked 10th in the current table and is an integral part of the US Task Force, the last time this guy missed a US team event in 1993. Since his start smoking out of the gate ( five top six placings, including a win, in his first eight starts), Mickelson has been very similar to the 48-year-old he is and just finished top 10 since March. That he made headlines for reasons other than his play did not help. Again, it would be an icy stoner if he did not become a team, but with the biennial event two months ago, Mickelson's game needs improvement.
Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau, Matt Kuchar, Brian Harman, Kevin Kisner
This underscores the depth of American golf. Everyone listed is an impressive player with a usable argument for the recording. But the nine players mentioned above are sure bets to make the team, and there's a chance that only two, even one, will get the call from that class. Her cases:
-DeChambeau: Phenomenal all-round game (10th in punches won), seven top 10 (highlighted by a win, runner-up and third) and ninth in the current table. Also, the most likely to start an international incident that can not be overlooked.
Shuffle: How about this big-game experience? In six career majors, the X-Man has three top six finishes. And, it should be noted, a T-2 at the "fifth major" this May.
-Finau: More than just muscle, with top 10s on all three majors this year. He also shot a 68 at Augusta National the day after the dislocation of his darned ankle. Pretty sure that's the kind of cat that's not tempted by rough masses.
-Kuchar: Fought a bit in 2018 (48th in punches, 64th in the FedEx Cup). Played well in Carnoustie (T-9) and, given America's youth, could earn the required "veteran pick".
-Kisner / Harman: It's unfair to encapsulate their games in the clichéd "Bulldog, Grinder" label their dexterity is something this US service lacks. Harman has a good track record in the game, while Kisner did well at the Presidents Cup last year.
Obviously, several names are omitted, but one expects a particularly strong recoil, if you omit the trio DeChambeau / Finau / Schauffele.
Aaron Wise, Zach Johnson, Charley Hoffman, Jimmy Walker, Kevin Chappell, Kevin Na, Patrick Cantlay, Ryan Moore
There I have Experience – Johnson, Walker and Moore played at Hazeltine, while Hoffman and Chappell had appearances at Liberty National – and Wise and Cantlay are young stars, but they will not gloss over: if they do not win the Wanamaker, that group needs a Lights August to earn a trip overseas. In this breath, this group can also be viewed as a spoiler, the 18-14 NCAA basketball team that wins its conference championship and bursts somebody's March Madness bubble. That's what Moore did in 2016, winning John Deere, collecting the top 10 at the play-off events in the Barclays and Deutsche Bank before earning the final captain's pick with the sudden death penalty at the Tour Championship
Cantlay is the spectator since he had a promising outing in Carnoustie (T-12). Bellerive fits in well with his game, and his tee-to-green game (ninth in this category) is a coveted attribute in all Ryder Cup formats.