Hot this week? Snedeker, Seve and Sergio. Not? Watney, Rose and Tiger

Tuesday September 25th, 2012
Sergio Garcia will likely be a key member of the European Ryder Cup team this week at Medinah.
John Biever / SI

HOT

1. Sneds. He's like a big ol' goofy Labrador, but watch out for this guy's bite. With Snedeker's molten putter this captain's pick could be one of the U.S.'s top dogs.

2. Seve. Expect his spirit to pervade captain Olazabal's speeches and thus the European team room. It's amazing that even in the great hereafter Ballesteros remains Europe's most inspirational player.

3. Sergio. The one-time emotional leader of the European squad is returning to the course that defined his youth, when he was an insouciant mega-talent. If Garcia can recapture some of that old magic, 13 years after his scissor-kick lit up Medinah, it will be a personal triumph and potentially Cup-altering reinvention.

4. Paul Azinger. It's Ryder Cup time, which means the victorious 2008 captain gets to remind us again and again of the genius of his leadership. Unfortunately, he's right.

5. Stacey Lewis. In case you forgot that there's more to golf than just the Ryder Cup, please note that America's sweetheart won again and is now poised to be take the money list and player of the year. Yani who?

NOT

1. Nick Watney. Now that short-hitting Jim Furyk has proven he has a terminal case of the hooks -- and Medinah has so obviously been set up for bombers -- the guy who got passed over for that last captain's pick is looking more and more attractive. Don't worry, Davis, we'll wait until at least Friday afternoon to bring this up.

2. Justin Rose. After letting the Tour Championship get away he admitted that he's still trying to find some confidence in his reconstructed putting stroke. Uh, J-Ro, the Ryder Cup ain't the place to be searching.

3. Martin Kaymer. The struggling former world number one comes to the Cup knowing that an entire continent was hoping he'd get bounced from the team. Kaymer held on to the last qualifying spot and now will be the most scrutinized Euro. Gulp.

4. Tiger Woods. After winning his second PGA Championship at Medinah he was made an honorary member of the club. So once again Woods will be competing against the impossibly high standards of his pre-hydrant prime.

5. Michael Jordan. This is our biennial chance to wonder, Doesn't he have a basketball team to screw up?

 

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