SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? About a week has passed since Paul Azinger announced his four captain’s picks for the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team. They are Steve Stricker, Hunter Mahan, J.B. Holmes and Chad Campbell.
All Ryder Cup rookies, I think Stricker, Mahan and Holmes are pretty solid picks. I still don’t get the Campbell pick. I know he has Ryder Cup experience, but Chad has won just one match in two appearances. He has six top-ten finishes in 2008.
“ … I thought Chad had a little bit of experience, and the fact that Chad played really well this past tournament helped him,” Azinger said. “Chad also is a terrific ball striker tee to green, and when I narrowed my list down to three or four players, his name came up a lot. That was important to me.”
The eight players who qualified on points are:
1. Phil Mickelson (5,342.500)
2. Stewart Cink 4,952.665)
3. Kenny Perry (4,480.700)
4. Jim Furyk (4,423.892)
5. Anthony Kim (4,035.296)
6. Justin Leonard (3,379.274)
7. Ben Curtis (3,120.061)
8. Boo Weekley (2,785.095)
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I sat in on a player interview with Steve Stricker yesterday at the BMW Championship. He said he feels a lot looser this week after learning he made the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
“I was gearing up all year for this,” Stricker said. “It was the No. 1 goal for me to start the year, and I would imagine if I wouldn’t have been picked it would have been a big disappointment. But I don’t have to think that way.”
Stricker shot a 66 in the first round and is one shot behind tournament leader Camilo Villegas.
Note: Chad Campbell withdrew from the BMW Championship on Saturday because his pregnant wife started to have contractions. It will be the couple’s first child.
−The Armchair Golfer
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