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PGA Tour Confidential: Rory’s lost year, Tiger vs. Phil, and Presidents Cup picks

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20-year-old Jordan Spieth could have the best rookie season since Tiger Woods.

3. There's always at least one big surprise who plays his way deep into the FEC playoffs. Who has opened your eyes the most so far?

Bamberger: Jason Dufner. Really. I thought he might take off the rest of the year after the PGA, with football season starting, new wife at home and all the rest. He's showing full-blown grinder. Earlier this year, when he was scuffling, I wasn't sure he had that move. He does.

Ritter: Graham DeLaet can hit it a mile and really play. As further proof he's taking this postseason seriously, he's even sporting a playoff beard. His future looks bright.

Van Sickle: Kevin Stadler has had a nice run despite obviously not being the best putter on tour. He's never won on tour, never played in the Masters (which his dad won!) and he's got a chance to go to East Lake and cash a big check. He's got a good swing, too.

Morfit: Graham DeLaet has a sweet swing and a pretty solid playoff beard going. His third-place finish while trying to hang onto 10th in Int'l Presidents Cup team points was pretty solid, and it gave Boise State fans a much-needed reason to be cheerful after the football team's abysmal showing vs. Washington.

Godich: Jordan Spieth. The 20-year-old has ice water in his veins. He was right there through 63 holes at the Barclays, and then he shot 62 on Monday to get a T-4 at the Deutsch Bank. It's all the more amazing that he's doing this on golf courses he is seeing for the first time.

Walker: Definitely Jordan Spieth. Final-round 62 really gets your attention. We’re now looking at the best rookie season since Tiger Woods, and it’s not over yet.

Sens: Graham DeLaet. Not sure he has opened my eyes so much as lulled me to sleep. But he has played really well.

4. Who would be your two Presidents Cup captain's picks for the U.S. team? Do you go with Jim Furyk-type experience or the youth (and current form) of Jordan Spieth?

Godich: Spieth is a no-brainer. His ranking is deceiving because basically he has only been accumulating points for one year. With my second pick, I'm taking Jim Furyk. He's trending in the right direction, and he's had success at Muirfield Village, with a win in 2002, a runner-up in 2009 and a couple of other top 10s since 2005.

Bamberger: Youth! Youth makes more putts in times of patriotic pressure. Fred has all the veterans he needs. Presidents Cup is not that exciting. You need players really happy to be there.

Van Sickle: Always pick good putters. Since Stricker broke into the lineup, I'd go with Spieth after that impressive closing 62.

Sens: If by "Jim Furyk-type" you mean someone who agonizes over crucial putts then misses them, I would go with Jordan Spieth.

Walker: Spieth is the hot hand, he needs to be on the team. Other than Spieth, there's not a strong case to pick anyone over Simpson, who just missed making the team on points.

Morfit: You have to put Spieth and Simpson on the team, no doubt. Easy call.

Ritter: I think Freddie will choose the old warhorses like Furyk, but he could add some juice to his team if he went for Spieth. Look at what Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley did for their respective Ryder Cup teams as first-timers. Actually, on second thought, maybe Freddie should pick Furyk now and save Spieth for Gleneagles next year.

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