By Alex Myers/Golf Digest
It’s been a rough few months for Rickie Fowler, but he’ll have the opportunity to make up for all of that in a few days later this month. On Monday, Fowler was one of three players picked by captain Davis Love III to represent the US at the Ryder Cup. Joining Fowler on the squad in Hazeltine September 30–October 2 will be Matt Kuchar and J.B. Holmes.
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Love will make one final captain’s pick following next week’s Tour Championship. That was one of the changes made by the new Ryder Cup task force following 2014 when Billy Horschel won the final two events of the FedEx Cup Playoffs after the American squad was finalized.
Fowler had his PGA Tour season abruptly ended on Sunday with a 59th-place finish at the BMW Championship, which dropped him just .57 points out of the 30th spot in the FedEx Cup standings and out of the field at the Tour Championship at East Lake. Fowler is 0-3-5 in two career Ryder Cup appearances, but seemed a lock to make the team based on his game (No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking) and his popularity among his peers.
“There were questions as late as last night,” Love said. “We went through a lot of scenarios and talked about a lot of great players, It was a very tough decision.”
This is the fourth consecutive Ryder Cup team for Kuchar. He has a 4-5-2 career record in the biennial event.
Holmes previously played on the U.S. team in 2008, the last time the Americans won. Europe has won three straight and six out of seven.
“I was very excited. It’s been one of my main goals all year,” Holmes said via satellite. “Some of my greatest memories in golf are from the Ryder Cup at Valhalla.”
The biggest name not announced on Tuesday was Bubba Watson. The two-time Masters champion is No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but hasn’t had a top 10 since March and only owns a 3-8 career Ryder Cup record.