If forced to give a match-play score to this day of Ryder Cup captain’s picks, it would be a 3-and-2 European victory. And that was before sitting through a New York hour that seemed like it would never end, just to hear Tom Watson say Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson would round out the American side.
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson will fill out his 12-man roster with three captain’s picks Tuesday night in New York. Here’s a look at the candidates and how we’re handicapping them heading into Watson’s announcement.
Stephen Gallacher will make his Ryder Cup debut after receiving a wild-card pick from European captain Paul McGinley. The Scot was one of McGinley’s three picks Tuesday, with Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood.
Chris Kirk used a final-round 65 to capture the Deutsche Bank Championship and firmly put himself on Tom Watson's radar as the Ryder Cup captain makes his wild-card picks on Tuesday night in New York City.
Stephen Gallacher committed himself to playing on the European Tour to earn Ryder Cup points. He came up just short and now is up against the likes of Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald for three captain's picks on Tuesday.
On a day that Hennie Otto won his third European Tour title, the focus was on Stephen Gallacher and his last-ditch effort to make the European Ryder Cup team. His fate is in the hands of captain Paul McGinley after a third-place finish in Italy.
European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley could easily favor Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald for his at-large selections -- but don't count out Stephen Gallacher if he plays well at the Italian Open.
Jim Furyk's runner-up finish Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open helped him secure an already solid standing in the U.S. team's Ryder Cup points, while Graeme McDowell inched closer to a European team nod.
Graeme McDowell's victory at the French Open moved him closer to a Ryder Cup spot as the Northern Irishman moved to 10th in European Points and 12th in World Points – he was previously 22nd and 16th, respectively.
Martin Kaymer's chances of making the 2014 European Ryder Cup team were slim before he notched victories at The Players and the U.S. Open. Now, Kaymer is third on the World Points list and in good position to earn a spot on Paul McGinley's squad.
Europe is looking for its third consecutive Ryder Cup victory later this year, and with Martin Kaymer joining a star-laden list of potential team members, Paul McGinley will have plenty of outstanding options when the team is chosen at the Italian Open.
Tiger Woods will enter this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill not only looking for his first victory of the season, but also trying to move up in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, where he is ranked 40th.