Snedeker could alleviate pairing problem for Watson


Brandt Snedeker hopes to be one of U.S. captain Tom Watson's three Ryder Cup picks. (Getty)

NORTON, Mass. – As U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson examines his list of possible picks this week at the Deutsche Bank Championship there is one dynamic of his current team that can’t be ignored.

Two players who have already qualified for this year’s team, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed, are not the most popular on the PGA Tour.

In three Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup matches, Watson has only been paired with two players, Webb Simpson and Jeff Overton.

Reed, a Ryder Cup rookie, rubbed many of his Tour frat brothers the wrong way earlier this year when he declared himself a top-5 player.

For Watson that adds another element to any potential picks. While Simpson is on Watson's short list, he’s missed two cuts in his last three starts and finished 15th on the U.S. points list.

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Brandt Snedeker, however, may give the U.S. captain another option. At 20th on the point list, Snedeker has finished in the top 25 in four of his last five starts and told Watson that he would gladly play with anyone, including Reed or Watson.

“I played with Patrick for the first time at the Wyndham (Championship) this year. We got along really well, and he’s a talented player and I had a lot of fun with him,” Snedeker told on Thursday at TPC Boston. “I’m happy to play with anybody.”

Snedeker also has experience on the “selection bubble.”

“I was on the outside looking in in ’12, finished sixth (at the Deutsche Bank Championship), and (U.S. captain Davis Love III) picked me,” said Snedeker, who finished runner-up at The Barclays in ’12 the week before to help solidify his selection and went on to win the FedEx Cup that season. “I know what this week is all about, and I know how to handle it and I realize there’s not a lot I can do about it.”