Bubba Watson favourite for 12th USA Ryder Cup spot
The 2016 Ryder Cup is just over a week away now, and the USA are still to name the 12th and final member of their team, with Bubba Watson the favourite to be the final pick when American captain, David Love III, completes his team with his fourth wild card pick on 25th September.
It does sound remarkable that the USA will be leaving it until just 5 days before the competition starts to complete their line up, but that is the way they have decided to go.
The other eleven USA players will have had plenty of time to finalise their preparations, and get their heads right for the competition, as will all of Europe’s twelve strong team.
So far Davis Love has named three wildcards, Rickie Fowler, JB Holmes and Matt Kuchar, to add to the eight already qualified players in his team – they are Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson and Patrick Reed.
Favourite for the 12th spot in the USA team is Bubba Watson. He is currently 4/7 with Betvictor to get the final spot, ahead of the likes of Justin Thomas, Jim Furyk, Ryan Moore, Jason Dufner and what would be absolutely amazing, Tiger Woods – how remarkable would that be?
Woods is a distant outsider, and it would be an amazing risk to bring him in to the side given his recent injury problems. He is also one of the USA vice captains, a role he wouldn’t have been offered if he had any outside chance of making the team.
So why wait so long to name the 12th player? One theory is that Davis Love III wants to pick Bubba Watson for golfing reasons, but for non golfing reasons he is not sure.
Watson has a reputation of not being the easiest bloke in the world to get on with, and it sounds like the only thing preventing his inclusion, is the possibility of it unsettling the team.
The Americans haven’t been this strong for years now, and they don’t want anything to blow this chance, least of all, a disruptive influence in the team.
As well as the likes of Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, the USA boast the form player in the world over the last few weeks in Dustin Johnson, who this season won his first major.
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