If the Ryder Cup started today, here's what the teams would be
Miguel Angel Jimenez is playing his way onto the European Ryder Cup team at the age of 50.
Miguel Angel Jimenez won in his maiden Champions Tour voyage but that wasn't at the forefront of his mind after defeating Bernhard Langer by two strokes on Sunday.
"I'm playing very well and now you don't know what to do, but I need to do my points for the Ryder Cup," said Jimenez.
With the Masters over and done with for another year and Tiger Woods likely out for the US Open, you could argue that the Ryder Cup is the biggest event left on the golf calendar this season.
Here's a look at what the teams would look like if the competition started today:
Plus three captain's picks
Captain Tom Watson said after the Masters that he would see Bubba Watson on the plane to Gleneagles and seemed to insinuate the same for Matt Kuchar after his win at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.
Great bunker shot to seal your victory on 18 Kuch!! Gleneagles here we come!!— Tom Watson (@TomWatsonPGA) April 20, 2014
As for the three open spots -- Watson initially said he would fill one with Tiger Woods if he was healthy but hedged on that a little bit last week when he was asked what he would do if Woods only played one more tournament.
"Tiger I hope just basically gets well and starts playing well again. If he gets well and is playing well, I'll pick him. But one more tournament, I don't know. I can't answer that."
Plus three captain's picks
Jimenez would surely be on that captain's picks list if the tournament started this week with the way he's playing and the fact that he's only one spot back of Rose from being guaranteed a place on the team.
American golfers who are just outside the points race include Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, and Jim Furyk.
I know we still have a long way to go until the first tee shot of the 2014 Ryder Cup but these squads are starting to take shape and the captains are starting to formulate their decisions.
Watson played with Spieth at the RBC Heritage and said he's going to be scouting hard from now until the teams are set.
So I am doing what I'm supposed to be doing as Ryder Cup captain and getting to know the players, getting to watch them," said Watson.
"And also getting to know what other people think about the players, such as the caddies, and other players think about them. There's a lot of things that go into choosing the three picks that I have at my disposal. And I'm going to try to get as much relevant information as possible."
I just hope we get another flag wave dot gif.
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