The first nine are set for the US Ryder Cup team. Phil Mickelson played his way on and Jason Dufner injured his way off and we have the nine golfers who qualified for US Ryder Cup team in September.
In order of points:
1. Bubba Watson
2. Rickie Fowler
3. Jim Furyk
4. Jimmy Walker
5. Phil Mickelson
6. Matt Kuchar
7. Jordan Spieth
8. Patrick Reed
9. Zach Johnson
That's a solid group. I trust Fowler, Mickelson and Johnson, and I semi-trust Spieth, Kuchar and Walker.
The downsides are that Bubba is a free-for-all, Furyk is 9-17-4 all-time, and Patrick Reed in Gleneagles just screams "international incident."
Tom Watson has until Sept. 2 to decide who his three captain's picks will be and he'll likely choose from a group that includes:
Ryan Moore (11th in the standings)
Brendon Todd (12th)
Keegan Bradley (13th)
Chris Kirk (14th)
Webb Simpson (15th)
Harris English (16th)
Brandt Snedeker (20th)
Tiger Woods (70th)
Two other names I'd like to throw at you as potential underdog candidates: Billy Horschel (35th) and Brooks Koepka (39th).
The Koepka idea was Will Gray's and the Horschel idea my own. Koepka would be great and Horschel seems like he'd do something crazy like wear pants with miniature George Washington heads on them and a fake Abe Lincoln beard throughout the week.
The Ryder Cup is built on confidence and these crazy emotional waves so forgive me if I don't want to see Ryan Moore and Chris Kirk tip their caps and wave their hands after big shots.
Horschel and Koepka woundn't much care about Ian Poulter's career Ryder Cup record or Rory McIlroy's dominance, and that's the best thing Tom Watson could ask for at this point.