ATLANTA – With U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III officially going on the clock as Sunday’s deadline looms to make his final pick, Johnny Miller handicapped the field on Saturday at the Tour Championship where he will lead NBC Sport’s coverage.
“[Jim] Furyk might get the pick, I wouldn’t pick him,” Miller told a group of reporters. “Bubba [Watson] is going to be devastated if he doesn’t get a pick, he’s seventh in the world. I would have said whoever plays the best this week, and leaning toward [Kevin] Chappell and [Kevin] Kisner.”
Neither Chappell nor Kisner were invited to this week’s practice session at Hazeltine National, but both are in the hunt at the Tour Championship.
Miller, who had a 2-2-2 record in two Ryder Cup starts, said despite the uncertainty over Love’s final pick, the U.S. team is one of the strongest in recent memory.
“There is a good chance for the U.S. to win it by four, five points, I haven’t felt this way for a lot of years,” Miller said.
He also pointed out the inexperience of the European team, which has six rookies.
“The Europeans have, at least on paper, the worst team they’ve had in many years,” he said. “With all those rookies and when you lose [Ian] Poulter it’s like tearing your heart out.”