RIO DE JANEIRO – With three weeks remaining before the eight automatic qualifiers for this year’s U.S. Ryder Cup are set, the foursome of Americans playing the Olympics are looking to make an 11th-hour statement.
Only Patrick Reed, who moved to eighth on the points list this week, is currently qualified for the U.S. team, with Bubba Watson (No. 10), Matt Kuchar (No. 11) and Rickie Fowler (No. 12) likely all vying for one of four captain’s picks.
The top 8 qualifiers will be set after The Barclays on Aug. 28 and U.S. captain Davis Love III will make three of his four picks after the BMW Championship on Sept. 12. The final pick will be made after the Tour Championship on Sept. 25.
“We obviously all want to be part of that team in eight weeks,” Fowler said.
The four U.S. Olympians will only have two more starts, next week’s Wyndham Championship and The Barclays, to move into the automatic qualifiers, otherwise they would need to be a pick. Winning a medal in Rio could certainly help their chances to represent the United States next month at Hazeltine.