There was some anticipation that the PGA Championship would change the lineup for this year’s Ryder Cup, but it turns out there was no effect. Here are the eight US qualifiers:
Dufner, Bradley and Simpson are Ryder Cup rookies.
I think Captain Davis Love has to be breathing a sigh of relief that Mickelson made the cut—and that he won’t have to face the controversy of using a Captain’s pick for Mickelson. If Phil had not played better at the PGA Championship than he had in recent months, I think it would have been the subject of much public discussion.
Now the question is who are the four Captain’s picks? The next five on the list are Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler and Brandt Snedeker. I think Stricker and Furyk are a lock. That leaves two, and I expect that Davis will take Hunter Mahan.
But who gets the final slot? Speculation seems to circulate around Fowler, Snedeker and Dustin Johnson, each of whom are winners this year. If it were my pick, I’d go with Bo Van Pelt. Van Pelt doesn’t have a win, but he’s been more consistent: 8 Top Tens and 13 Top 25s in 20 events. Fowler is 5 and 6 in 19 events; Johnson is 5 and 7 in 15 events; Snedeker is 4 and 7 in 17 events.
Van Pelt also had the best PGA Championship, finishing t18. Johnson finished t48. Snedeker and Fowler missed the cut.