Ryder Cup Report, Part 2Friday, May 16, 2014
Here are a few additional tidbits that deserve some attention:
• Patrick Reed hasn’t cracked the top 45 in an event since winning at Trump Doral and declaring himself ready for the Mount Rushmore of golf.
• Quality Ryder Cup bubble players Hunter Mahan and Bill Haas are a respective 25th and 27th in the standings and likely need more than just a win to make a run at this team.
• Brandt Snedeker is 33rd in the standings and was messing with his putting stroke at THE PLAYERS. Not a good combination.
• Steve Stricker checks in at 48th. The good news is, he’s nine spots ahead of Tiger. The bad news is, who knows when he’ll play again.
• Nick Watney is 76th in the standings and sits between Billy Hurley III and Brooks Koepka. Just thought that needed to be pointed out.
We mentioned in our first edition that we would throw the Euro’s a bone in this coverage, and here it comes.
As for the Team Europe, standings for the Ryder Cup are pulled from two different lists; the World Points List and the European Points Lists. Yes, it’s about as confusing as the metric system. The top four players on the European Points List are automatically in, and then the top five players on the World Points List not already exempt via the European Points List are in. Following that, Paul McGinley rounds out the team with three picks.
The top four on the European Points List are Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Thomas Bjorn and Henrik Stenson. The five on the World Points List not otherwise exempt from the European Points List are Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer. Under this scenario, it would seem likely that Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood would be the favorites for two of the three captain’s picks. The final one could get interesting, with guys like Francesco Molinari, Miguel Angel-Jiménez and Graeme McDowell all worthy candidates.