Sep 14, 2016

    Watson gets no 'love' from US captain


    TWO-TIME major winner Bubba Watson missed out as United States captain Davis Love III named three of his four captain's picks for the Ryder Cup on Monday.

    World number seven Watson, the 2012 and 2014 Masters champion, was overlooked in favour of Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and J.B. Holmes.

    Love, who has one more pick remaining, is aiming to mastermind a United States victory at Hazeltine in Minnesota from Sept 30 to Oct 2 after three straight wins for Europe in the biennial battle.

    All three players named by Love on Monday have an inferior world ranking to Watson.

    Fowler is ranked ninth, Kuchar 17th and Holmes 21st.

    Love told a news conference he had focused on finding the right blend of players rather than relying on rankings or form.

    And he warned that even if the unpopular Watson were to enjoy a stellar finish to the season's Tour Championship, it might not be enough to force his way onto the team.

    "We've looked at a lot of guys in the Tour Championship and guys that aren't," Love said.

    "We've got a long two weeks ahead of us. I'm going to announce our last pick based on what fits best for our team, not who shoots the lowest score in the last tournament."

    Watson is one of the most polarising figures on the US-PGA Tour.

    In an ESPN poll last year, he came out on top when 103 players were asked which fellow professional they would be least likely to help out if they saw him in a brawl.