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Davis Love announces his Ryder Cup captain's picks

By Shane Bacon | Blogger
Davis Love III completed his Ryder Cup team on Tuesday. (Getty Images)

On Tuesday in New York City, Davis Love III took no time in announcing the four new members of the United States Ryder Cup team.

As expected, Love mixed in a little bit of experience, a little bit of power and a little bit of momentum to his team, adding Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker to the eight players who automatically qualified after the PGA Championship.

Here are the full rosters for both the United States and Europe.

So, why these four? Let's take a look.

Jim Furyk -- You obviously need experience on these teams, especially with a few rookies that Davis Love III will be coaching, and Furyk has as much as anyone. This will be his Furyk's eighth Ryder Cup team, and while his record is spotty at best, he is a steady player who definitely seems like he's bound to do well in this format, given the right teammate. While on paper this might have been the easiest of the four Love picked, considering his 2012, without his name, Furyk is probably the biggest wild-card of the group.

Steve Stricker -- There was no doubt in anyone's mind that Stricker was going to make this team. He's steady, he's a great putter and he and Tiger Woods love playing together. It's as simple as that.

Dustin Johnson -- Play great heading into the captain's pick announcement and you give yourself a chance to get picked. That's exactly what Dustin Johnson did, finishing T-3 at the Barclays and T-4 on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He bombs the ball, and will be a good partner for a lot of the guys looking for some different looks at Medinah.

Brandt Snedeker -- Could you really pass up on the best putter on tour right now? Snedeker finished sixth alone at TPC Boston after coming up second to Nick Watney at the Barclays, and he's currently first on tour this season in strokes gained with the putter. He might be a rookie, but Snedeker seems like a smart pick, and will be a great partner for another steady, solid golfer like Zach Johnson or even Stricker, if the Tiger pairing didn't work out the first day at Medinah.

Now we have to look at who missed out. Of course there are some golfers that will be disappointed, so who are the big losers this year in the captain's pick process?

Hunter Mahan -- He seemed like a lock earlier this year, winning the Accenture Match Play and following that up with a win at the Shell Houston Open six weeks later. The problem was, Mahan was playing some bad, bad golf heading into this past week's second leg of the FedEx Cup. A second round 80 at the PGA Championship to miss the cut, followed up by a 73-74 missed cut at the Barclays left Mahan on the outside looking in. If he had got hot this past week at the Deutsche Bank, he might have given himself a chance, but after an opening round 68, Hunter failed to break 70 the rest of the week, finishing T-39.

Rickie Fowler -- A captain's pick two years ago at Celtic Manor, Fowler was another that looked like he'd be a lock during the first half of 2012, but Fowler hasn't finishing in the top-20 since the end of May, and missed the cut badly at the PGA Championship with his own second round 80. Things were looking up to start the FedEx Cup playoffs, when Fowler posted an opening round 67, but it was his only sub-70 round so far in the playoffs, finishing T-24 at the Barclays and T-74 this past week at TPC Boston.

Nick Watney -- His win at the Barclays had people thinking he might have played himself into a captain's pick, but it was just too little, too late for a guy with no other top-fives in 2012.

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