USA captain Steve Stricker has opted to not choose 2018 Masters champions Patrick Reed amongst his captain picks for this month’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.
Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, Harris English, Tony Finau, Daniel Berger and Scottie Scheffler are his six wild playing cards, along with the six computerized qualifiers of Open champion Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay.
Requested about Reed, Stricker added: ‘That was a really, very tough name. Kinda misplaced sleep over that one.
USA captain Steve Stricker has not picked Patrick Reed as considered one of his Ryder Cup wild playing cards
USA RYDER CUP WILDCARD PICKS
Wild playing cards
Xander Schauffele (World No 5)
Tony Finau (9)
Harris English (11)
Jordan Spieth (15)
Daniel Berger (16)
Scottie Scheffler (21)
Those that missed out…
Patrick Reed (19)
Webb Simpson (20)
‘He’s an incredible competitor, his document on the Ryder Cup is fairly darn good.
‘However I feel it was simply the uncertainty of his well being and actually the shortage of play that led to our determination down the stretch.’
Reed has a historical past of thriving in workforce occasions together with his character and brief sport. He has a 7-3-2 document within the earlier three Ryder Cups and is undefeated in singles.
However he has had a poor summer season, and couldn’t play the ultimate two qualifying occasions whereas ‘battling for his life’ in Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas after being identified with double pneumonia.
He returned to play the Tour Championship and tied for seventeenth within the precise rating from the 30-man subject.
Webb Simpson, who was thirteenth within the qualifying race and is the World No 20, additionally misses out on the workforce
Stricker added: ‘We had been trying on the six gamers to carry out right here at Whistling Straits and we really feel these six match Whistling Straits to a tee,’ Stricker mentioned.
Scheffler turns into the primary American to be picked for his first Ryder Cup with out having received on the PGA Tour since Rickie Fowler in 2010 at Wales.
Among the many six who certified, two-time main champion Morikawa and FedEx Cup champion Cantlay have by no means performed within the Ryder Cup.
The 4 picks who will make the Ryder Cup debuts are Schauffele, English, Berger and Scheffler.
The U.S. workforce usually has eight computerized qualifiers and 4 captain’s picks. That was elevated to 6 for this Ryder Cup due to uncertainty of how the COVID-19 pandemic – which postponed the matches for one 12 months – would have an effect on the tour schedule.
Europe’s qualifying ends after this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, after which Padraig Harrington broadcasts three captain’s picks.
The Ryder Cup takes place from September 24-26 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, with Europe the defending champion from 2018.
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