Davis Love III Picks Johnson, Snedeker, Furyk and Stricker for Ryder Cup Team

Kathy BissellCorrespondent ISeptember 4, 2012

Davis Love made his four Captain's picks for Ryder Cup
Davis Love made his four Captain's picks for Ryder CupHunter Martin/Getty Images

US Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III completed his team today, selecting his four allowed Captain’s picks. 

“I’ve been anxiously awaiting this day. I’ll be glad when this day is done. It’s been a lot of talk and a lot of pressure,” Love said.  Then he made his announcement, in order of height, he said, choosing Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker.

“My wife Robin and I are pretty good sleepers; we like to sleep in. And we have not been sleeping well,” Love said about the difficulty of making the decision.   

About Dustin Johnson, Love said he was the best athlete, perfect for Medinah.

“I’m very excited to be on the team,” Johnson said. “I’ve been playing well.  I‘ve played Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup away, so looking forward to playing one on US soil.”   Johnson will be playing on his second Ryder Cup team.

Love’s second pick was Brandt Snedeker who, Love said, fits the role. "There hasn’t been a hotter putter since British Open, and he brings a lot to the team room.”

“I’m looking forward to making Davis look like he’s a genius and playing the best I can,” Brandt Snedeker said. “It’s been a pressure packed couple of weeks for me.” 

Brandt said he found out with a voice mail that he received when he got to Indianapolis. “Davis played it close to the vest,” Snedeker said, and paraphrased the voicemail. “He asked if I brought my putter from Boston and did I want to be on the team. It’s a huge thing for my career.  To accomplish that, is a very humbling thing.”

Jim Furyk was the third pick. “I’m extremely excited. I’ve had an opportunity to play on a lot of Ryder Cups,” he said. “Davis has been a good friend and someone we look up to.”  

The final pick was Steve Stricker, who the world felt was a lock because of his past successful pairings with Tiger Woods.

“Obviously, I’m very excited to be a part of this team. We all know how much fun it is,” Stricker said.   “I started making these teams when I was 39-40, and being able to spend some time with Tiger out there has meant a lot to me and has been a calming influence on me.”

“We have a great eight member team, a nucleus, an incredible eight,” Love said about those who made the team on points.  “We’re deeper than we’ve ever been.”

Love added that his next tough decision was figuring out who to sit out Friday morning, the first day of Ryder Cup play.


Kathy Bissell is a Golf Writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand or from official interview materials from the USGA, PGA Tour or PGA of America.