American captain Fred Couples told GolfChannel.com after his round Friday at the PGA Championship that he wants Mahan on his team regardless of whether Mahan automatically qualifies on the points list.
The top 10 on the U.S. Presidents Cup points list are guaranteed to make the team at the conclusion of this weekends PGA Championship. Mahan is 12th on the points list.
Couples gets two captains picks, which hell formally announce on Sept. 8, a day after the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Im going to pick Hunter even if he doesnt make it [on points], Couples said. I guarantee that one. He plays good every week.
Couples said he loves the way Mahan drives the ball and how hes getting himself into contention in the years biggest events.
That means Couples is primarily narrowing his last captains pick to Lucas Glover, Anthony Kim and Justin Leonard. He identified those three and Mahan as the players he is primarily interested in as captains picks. Leonard is ninth on the American points list and Kim is 10th, but they could be overtaken Sunday on points by Glover and Mahan, who are in contention this weekend at the PGA Championship.
Couples also said Brian Gay, who is 11th in points, and David Toms, who is 17th, remain in the running but would have to overtake the others.