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Ryder Cup Stock Watch: Which Americans are up and down

By Shane Bacon | Blogger
Nick Watney's Barclays win puts him on the radar for the 2012 Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)

The Ryder Cup might be a month away, but next week Davis Love III will be making his four captain's picks to join the other eight Americans already secured for the 2012 team.

A week ago, we had a good feel for who might be one of the four captain's picks, but things change, and after the Barclays, our list is shaking up. Here are the guys with their stock on the rise, and who might need to wake up if they want to go up against the Europeans at Medinah.

Stock on the Rise

Nick Watney -- Obviously the guy that won a week ago is on the rise, but it might be the way he won. Watney stared down one of the members of the European team in Sergio Garica on Sunday, made some seriously clutch putts and looked shoulders ahead of anyone else at Bethpage Black (a golf course that had other Ryder Cup members downright furious). Watney would be a rookie choice for Love, but he was solid in the 2011 Presidents Cup, finishing 2-1-1 in his first team appearance.

Brandt Snedeker -- His solo second last week at the Barclays got him back on track after some inspiring play at the British Open, where he finished T-3. The thing is, Snedeker continues to move up the list of picks, but he needs to show some consistency this week Deutsche Bank if he wants to really wants to make the American team. It would be another rookie choice for Love, but if he keeps finishing near the top of the leader board, it'll be tough to leave him off the team.

Dustin Johnson -- Talk about a late push to earn a spot, Johnson has awoke since the Greenbrier, finishing T-9 at the British, T-19 at the Bridgestone and T-3 last week at the Barclays. He's exactly the type of player you'd want on your team (calm, bombs it, and seems to be a good teammate) so if Johnson keeps this up, he'll be rocking the red, white and blue at Medinah.

Stock on the Decline

Hunter Mahan -- Almost a lock a month ago, Mahan now might seriously miss out on a change to avenge his flubbed chip two years ago in the final match of the Ryder Cup. Mahan missed the cut badly at the PGA Championship (72-80) and didn't do himself any favors at the Barclays, where he missed his second cut in a row with rounds of 73-74. Mahan was hot earlier this season, but he's in serious danger of missing out if he continues to play like this.

Jim Furyk -- It might seem silly to think Furyk wouldn't be on this squad, but with his pathetic Ryder Cup record (8-15-4) and his play of late, he might be on the outside looking in come September 4. Furyk finished T-42 at the PGA Championship and missed the cut this past week at the Barclays, and with some of the other guys ripping it up, Furyk will have to really step it up this week if he wants to earn a spot.

Rickie Fowler -- The rookie sensation two years ago is trying to make his second consecutive Ryder Cup team by being a captain's pick, but he sure isn't making it easy on himself. Fowler hasn't finished in the top-10 since the end of May, and after missing the cut at the PGA Championship, finished T-24 at the Barclays, which wouldn't be that bad if he hadn't opened 67-70 only to tank on the weekend with rounds of 75-71.

 
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