In Davis Love III we trust

Fowler, Kuchar, Holmes picked for USA Ryder Cup team.

United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III made his first three captain’s picks on Monday, adding J.B. Holmes, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar to the team that hopes to end Europe’s winning streak.

Each of the three has prior Ryder Cup experience, with Holmes making the team for the second time. His only previous appearance was in 2008 at Valhalla, the last time the U.S. won the Ryder Cup.

Kuchar will make his fourth consecutive Ryder Cup appearance, and Fowler is playing for the third time — but his first on American soil.

Love said he and vice-captains Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Tom Lehman were in contact Sunday as the final round of the BMW Championship concluded.

“It was a very, very tough decision,” Love said, “but we kept coming back to these three.”

Love now has one more pick to make following the TOUR Championship. He plans to make the announcement Sunday night, Sept. 25, after completion of the FedExCup Playoff Finale.

A quick look at the 3 captain’s picks:

J.B. HOLMES

The long-hitting Holmes went 2-0-1 in his only previous Ryder Cup appearance in 2008. Comes off a tie for fourth on Sunday at the BMW Championship. His last PGA TOUR win was the 2015 Shell Houston Open.

Love on Holmes: “He’s so steady. He’s easy to pair. Got a lot of experience. He’s consistent.”

MATT KUCHAR

Making his fourth Ryder Cup appearance, with a career record of 4-5-2. Has 10 top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR, the most of any player without a win this season. Claimed the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.

Love on Kuchar: “Great attitude for match play. A great partner. Like J.B., he’s consistent, easy to pair.”

RICKIE FOWLER

Making his third Ryder Cup appearance, with a career record of 0-3-5. Has eight top-10 finishes on TOUR this season, including a playoff loss at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Was knocked out of the FedExCup Playoffs after finishing 59th in the BMW Championship.

Love on Fowler: “We found no weaknesses in his game. He’s such a great teammate. He’s really confident on the big stage … brings a lot of intangibles.”

 

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