U.S. Captain Fred Couples has said that he intends to make Hunter Mahan and Lucas Glover his captain’s picks on Tuesday, but he also has told Gay that he should play his heart out this week.
“I don’t know what he’s really thinking,” Gay said. “I am just trying to play well, not that this week should have anything to do with it.”
Gay has two PGA Tour victories this season, more than anyone but Tiger Woods, but he keeps reading that Couples will pick Mahan, who has just one PGA Tour title in his career, claimed back in 2007.
Gay was asked if it would be a blow not to be one of the two captain's picks.
“Obviously, it would be big to make the team,” he said. “It is my best year ever.”
Oddly, the first two rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship might have looked like Presidents Cup playoffs if Couples hadn’t indicated which way he was leaning. Gay was grouped with Glover the first two rounds. They played to a stalemate, if you were comparing them. They're both at 5-under 137. Also, Mahan was grouped with David Toms, the other player Couples has encouraged to keep trying to make the team. After playing his first seven holes in 6 over, Mahan made the cut and stands at 3 under. Toms is at 6 under.