European Lee Westwood, who is preparing for his 10th Ryder Cup, thinks Bubba Watson wasn’t a U.S. captain’s pick because of how he fits in with the team. Or rather, his lack of fit.
“You hear (captain Davis Love III) talk about chemistry and how players are going to be in a team setting,” said Westwood, speaking to the Daily Mail before this week’s Italian Open. “So when he leaves out someone ranked so highly it does seem like it’s because the captain can’t see where he fits in, with regard to pairings and stuff like that.”
Love omitted Watson from his three captain’s picks announced on Monday. Watson, the seventh-ranked player in the world, is ranked higher than the three players who were picked: Rickie Fowler (9th), Matt Kuchar (17th) and JB Holmes (21st).
Watson still has another chance to make the team. Love makes his final captain’s pick after the Tour Championship, which Watson is playing in, on Sept. 25. The 37-year-old has been a member of the past three Ryder Cup teams, all of which were U.S. losses, and holds a 3-8-0 record.