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Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara hosted a gathering of potential U.S. Ryder Cup players at their home in North Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday following the opening round of the Honda Classic at Nicklaus-designed PGA National.
Davis Love III, who will captain Team USA when they take on Europe at Hazeltine in September, said the 18-time major winner (and two-time Ryder Cup captain) was a gracious host and a great resource.
"Jack and Barbara were incredibly gracious, opening their home to myself, our Vice Captains and many potential U.S. Ryder Cup players," Love said. "What a wealth of knowledge and perspective from an icon, both on and off the golf course."
PGA Chief Pete Bevacqua and Vice Captains Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Tom Lehman joined 22 potential players. In attendance were Zac Blair, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Billy Horschel, John Huh, Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner, Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Jamie Lovemark, Andrew Loupe, Ben Martin, Phil Mickelson, Brendan Steele, Robert Streb, Jimmy Walker and Gary Woodland.
The biennial competition has been a lopsided affair of late. Team USA hasn't beaten Europe since 2008 and has won only two of their last ten meetings.