Rob Lee gives his verdict on Davis Love III's four wildcard picks for this month's Ryder Cup in Chicago.
Last Updated: 05/09/12 8:40pm
United States captain Davis Love III has finalised his line-up for the 2012 Ryder Cup against Europe.
Skipper Love III chose a blend of experience and form as he named Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker his wildcard picks for this month's tournament. Read the full story here...
The 2012 Ryder Cup is live in High Definition on Sky Sports from 12.30pm on September 28th and expert Rob Lee will be part of our team.
Here Rob gives his assessment of the four players who Love III chosen to place his faith in...
Rob on Dustin Johnson
He is a bit of an athlete. He can slam-dunk a basketball - he's got that much spring in his body and is that fit. There aren't many other golfers who could do that! He's incredible. That's why he's got that elastic style when he plays. He can generate a club head speed of over 120mph, which is right up there with the top one per cent in the world who play golf. The way he plays means he is suited to Ryder Cup golf.
He's very cool and he's easy to mix and match. I know they say that Dustin Johnson 'the birdie maker' would be terrific in the fourballs, but imagine him in the foursomes as your partner. You'll be hitting your second shot from places you never knew existed. What fun that would be. Instead of hitting a five iron, you're hitting a wedge! How good is that?
He's had a truncated season due to injury but fortunately for him he found fitness at the end and he was able to produce two really good tournaments in the first two play-off events, the Barclays and the Deutsche Bank. So I think he was a no-brainer pick, particularly with Medinah being so long and being fairly generous off the tee. Perfect.
Rob on Jim Furyk
Furyk brings the level of mental toughness that you need and he can pass that onto the rookies because - trust me - they'll be in that room looking to the experienced players for little bit of know-how and nous and how you go about certain things in your endeavour to win a Ryder Cup point so you can contribute to your team's total at the end of the week. People like Jim Furyk will be an instant 'go-to' because he's done it all before and he's a terrific team member.
Because he's so fastidious and so professional about the way he plays the game, he looks like he's quite dull but he's not. Inside that team room, the players who know him really well, know he's a natural fit. His experience in the Ryder Cup is an untold advantage. I just don't think his place was in jeopardy because there are three rookies in the automatic eight and you're looking for some sort of glue to hold it all together. Furyk would be one of those sticky pieces.
Rob on Brandt Snedeker
He's a fantastic putter - in fact he's a fantastic pitcher and putter. His short game is absolutely wonderful and you need that sort of thing because sometimes when you are playing team games, like foursomes and fourballs, you're looking for some magic. He's played really well these last two weeks - he's bang on form and I think he's going to be an easy pair.
Who does he play with? The answer is absolutely anybody. You play so hard to get to the point that he's now at, that he must be feeling a certain amount of relief that he's done it but then it will dawn on him that he has done it and then he may well be petrified! It will be a fantastic life experience and I'm sure he's going to love it.
Rob on Steve Stricker
Steve would seem to be the natural partner for Tiger Woods - particularly as Woods has been working with him on his putting. That means they obviously get on well! Steve is super dependable, super steady and is a beautiful putter, too. The fact that he finished so close to automatic qualification and played so well last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, made his selection inevitable.
His experience and calmness in the team room will be much appreciated by the younger players. I can't see anything but plusses for the Americans in his selection. As with his other three picks, Davis Love has got this one spot on.