There are at least a dozen guys that won't be far from their cell phones over the next 24 hours. Corey Pavin's four captain's picks will be a huge factor in determining the outcome of the 2010 Ryder Cup.
Consider that of the eight automatic qualifiers four are rookies, and of the remaining four players only one, Hunter Mahan, has a winning Ryder Cup record. If I were given the opportunity to make the four picks here is the direction I would go:
– Tiger Woods would have to be on my team. He has expressed that he wants to play and that's all I'd need to know.
– Zach Johnson has been extremely consistent this season, is a major champion, and makes a great partner because of his style of play.
– Stewart Cink also is a major champion and has plenty of team experience with four Ryder Cups and four President's Cups under his belt. Stewart's game has also been showing signs of life as of late.
– As for the final pick....that's where things get awfully difficult. A strong argument can be made for a lot of players. I'd have to go with J.B. Holmes though. He was solid in the 2008 Ryder Cup and this year he's been extremely consistent. Holmes has gone from being a pure bomber to a golfer that happens to be a bomber. His distance is intimidating and on foreign soil that will be a huge asset.
Corey Pavin is an unconventional player and he may well go in an unconventional direction on all of his picks. But one thing is for sure, Pavin is a fierce competitor and he will choose the guys that he feels will comprise the most competitive team. And those four players will have a huge impact on the outcome of this Ryder Cup.