WATSON GIVES BACK A PICK
Reiterman: U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson's first "big move" as skipper was to reduce the number of picks from four to three. Good move or bad move?
Shipnuck: Yawn. If this is Watson's idea of reinventing the captaincy, the U.S. is in trouble.
Godich: Let me see who locks down the ninth spot and get back to you.
Gorant: Doesn't matter. Feels like Watson is out on the porch shaking a rake -- "you kids get off my yard." He's going to show the younger generation how it worked back in the day -- you know back in the days when the Euros couldn't hit it out of Jack's shadow.
Morfit: Yawn. The move takes some of the power from the captain and hands it back to the players, but it's more meaningful that Americans have won every tournament so far on Tour in 2013.
Lynch: We won't know if it's a good or bad move for another 18 months. But, man, Lanny Wadkins is gonna be pissed if he misses out on what would have been the fourth captain's pick.
Walker: Great move. The move to four captain's picks was unsporting. Give more guys a chance to play their way onto the team. I wish he had gone back to two.
Ritter: It's neither good nor bad. If Watson feels that nine automatic qualifiers is the right number for his team, it's his choice. The U.S. will be a big underdog no matter how many picks Watson makes.
Van Sickle: Watson is a smart man and a traditionalist. I think he likes the idea of players playing their way onto the team. Since Paul Azinger revamped the points system to make it much more current than the previous model, it should work just as well with nine automatic players as eight. Maybe even with ten. I don't see it making a big difference either way. So I'm fine with it. I rate John Daly's chances of making the team the same as they were before -- zero.
Wei: Good compromise between 4 and 2? I am kind of indifferent, but given the U.S. team's dismal Ryder Cup record in recent years, it can't hurt changing things up a bit. I'm assuming he partly made the modification based on Hunter Mahan, who finished 9th in points but was not selected as one of DL3's four captain's picks. Had there only been three picks available, the thinking is that either Steve Stricker or Jim Furyk would have been left off the team and perhaps the U.S. would have prevailed. The only problem with that is the Americans should have won regardless -- lots of guys didn't bring it home in Sunday singles.
Bamberger: Unnecessary move. He could just do it without saying a word about it.