NORTON, Mass. – The Deutsche Bank Championship represents the last event for players to audition for a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Captain Davis Love III will announce his four wild-card selections on Tuesday, a day after the final round at TPC Boston.
As of now, it appears as though there are seven players vying for the final four spots. After each round, we’ll break down the contenders and see what they need to do to capture the captain’s attention.
Dustin Johnson (-13): Has made the most resounding statement so far, shooting a third-round 65 to vault into contention at the Deutsche Bank. After his T-3 at The Barclays, it appears the St. Jude winner may have played his way onto the squad. It’d be difficult to pass up a player performing this well.
Brandt Snedeker (-9): An eagle on the 18th hole propelled him into the top 10 here. After a runner-up finish at The Barclays, and considering he’s No. 1 in the strokes gained-putting statistic, Love would have a lot of explaining to do if he kept Sneds off the team.
Jim Furyk (-7): Continued to stay relevant after a Sunday 65. Many consider Furyk a lock, given his past Ryder Cup experience and good-guy mojo in the team room, but he’s still the only one of the seven contenders who has yet to record a victory this season.
Steve Stricker (-7): Face it: The guy is a lock.
Nick Watney (-6): Another player who helped himself Sunday in Boston. The 65 moved The Barclays winner into the top 20, and who knows? If he can post a similar number in the final round, he may be able to sneak in a top 5 and make Love think even harder about his decision.
Hunter Mahan (-3): Not doing much to improve his stock. Shot 68 in the opening round but hasn’t been nearly as solid since. Needs a low round Monday – and then for Love to heavily weigh Mahan’s two victories earlier this season. The final spot likely will come down to him, Furyk and Watney.
Rickie Fowler (+2): The Quail Hollow champion has hurt himself the most this week, failing to record an under-par round. That follows the way he has played for the past few months, really. Fowler hasn’t finished better than 24th in his past six starts, and his Ryder Cup hopes are fading. Fast.