Love names wildcards

Stricker, Furyk, Johnson and Snedeker complete 12-man line-up

Last Updated: 04/09/12 5:45pm

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US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has announced his wildcard picks with Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker securing the four places on offer.

With eight members of his side already confirmed, the American captain had a host of options to consider for the biennial match with Europe which takes place at Medinah on September 28-30.

US RYDER CUP TEAM

Tiger Woods
Bubba Watson
Jason Dufner
Keegan Bradley
Webb Simpson
Zach johnson
Matt Kuchar
Phil Mickelson
Dustin Johnson
Jim Furyk
Brandt Snedeker
Steve Stricker

The likes of Hunter Mahan, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney and Bo Van Pelt were all in contention for a place, but Love eventually went for a mixture of youth and experience.

Furyk, 42, is a veteran of seven previous Ryder Cup matches, while 45-year-old Stricker is a two-time attendee and could offer much to the likes of rookies Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Snedeker.

Both men have partnered Tiger Woods in past Ryder Cup matches and went close to automatic qualification themselves, finishing 10th and 11th on the points list.

Of the veterans, Love said: "We also needed experience, Jim is one of the most consistent players on the tour and one of the most respected.

"I've been in the team room with him five times, this will be his eighth team and he was 5-0 in his last international match (the 2011 President's Cup).

"(Stricker has) been the best player in my mind on tour the last five or six years.

Great asset

"He's another guy that pairs well with anybody and another great putter, and he's somebody I really trust on and off the course - he's been a great asset to me already getting prepared for this day."

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Having recovered from a back injury earlier in the year, big-hitting Johnson ran into form at the right time having posted top-four finishes in his last two events - including the Deutsche Bank Championship which came to an end on Monday.

Love insisted the 28-year-old's powerful game was an ideal fit for the 7,658-yard Medinah course, stating: "(Johnson is) the best athlete on the team and he's perfect for Medinah. I said I was going to try to plug some holes we had, and I think he does that."

Snedeker will be making his debut in the event in and Love revealed his superb putting had helped secure him the nod.

Like Johnson, the 31-year-old found his best form when he needed to having finished as runner-up at The Barclays at Bethpage Black, New York, last week and sixth in Boston on Monday.

"We need hot putters and there really hasn't been a hotter putter on tour since the Open (than Snedeker)," Love added.

"He brings lot on and off the course and to the team room, he can pair with anyone, he's a great asset.

The quartet will join Woods, Bradley, Simpson, Dufner, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar on Love's American team.

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