Davis Love will make one final selection to complete his team on Sept. 25
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By GOLF WIRE
Monday, September 12, 2016

The United States Ryder Cup team is now just one man short of being full strength after Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and J.B. Holmes were selected as captain’s picks by Davis Love. Who will be man no. 12? We’re way ahead of you.

In the run up to those three selections, the GOLF.com staff made their own cases for just about every possible captain’s pick at Love’s disposal, from Justin Thomas to Bill Haas, and even Fred Couples. Yes, his name is in the ring. Check out the individual cases for member no. 12 below.

Justin Thomas

"You can do one of two things: Either win a major championship this season or play on a winning Ryder Cup team–"

"Winning Ryder Cup team. Hands down." Read more…

Bubba Watson

"The last guy you want to face in match play is a monstrously long hitter with shotmaking skills, a guy who carves wedge shots like a chef slicing up a Butterball turkey, and a golfer with a homemade swing." Read more…

Will McGirt

"Enough with the madness. It’s time to break the cycle. It’s time for Davis Love to look past the same-old and select an outlier like William McGirt. That’s right, McGirt. Rhymes with dirt. He’s got the sort of the grittiness the U.S. needs." Read more…

Daniel Berger

"But from Davis Love’s crop of choices, only one was taking money off Steve Marino at the Dye Preserve in Jupiter, Florida at 13 years old. Only one of them made Phil Mickelson tap in from 19 inches to halve the second hole of a match this spring.

That was Daniel Berger. Get him on the team." Read more…

Fred Couples

"Fred Couples was on seven Presidents Cup team, as either a player or captain. The U.S. lost only once. If anybody understands how to take P.C. mojo and apply it to the U.S. Ryder Cup doldrums, it's Fred." Read more…

Jim Furyk

"However you feel about Furyk's Ryder Cup hiccups, he has reams of experience, which appeals to the conservative minded Love. Furyk just hasn't always executed, just as Tiger Woods (13-17-3) and Phil Mickelson (16-19-6) didn't always execute. If either Tiger or Phil finished 15th on the U.S. points list in 2016 despite missing two months of the season, would you leave one of them off of the team? You would not." Read more…

Ryan Moore

"There was a summit. A task force. A committee. It didn’t take long for the players to get the hint and start waving the flag like candidates on the campaign trail. But last time I checked, patriotism doesn’t earn points. Putts do. So Love should add Ryan Moore to his Ryder Cup roster." Read more…

Bill Haas

"The golf world gets so worked up about the Ryder Cup that you'd swear it's the only match-play event of any consequence. That's not true, of course, which is worth remembering when weighing Bill Haas's potential value to Davis Love III and his U.S. squad." Read more…

Scott Piercy

"His ability to make birdies and hit fairways and greens might make him a good candidate in the best-ball format. He'd be the partner who's always in play and always has a shot at birdie. A steady Eddie." Read more…

Kevin Na

"That Na has never fit into any Tour clique could be viewed as a negative, but I think the opposite is true. Na spent his childhood in Korea and turned pro while in high school. He doesn’t hunt or fish or care about college football, so he has never had much to talk about with his colleagues. But he wants badly to be accepted and would be a model teammate, working hard to build relationships. No player would be more excited to be at Hazeltine and that passion would filter through the entire team." Read more…

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