NORTON, Mass. – Word is U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has been relaxing this week on his Georgia farm and paddle boarding as he prepares to make his four picks on Tuesday in New York City.
All seven players who are considered viable candidates for one of Love’s picks made the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship and finished the week with varying degrees of success.
Dustin Johnson tied for fourth place at TPC Boston, followed by Brandt Snedeker (sixth), Jim Furyk (T-13), Steve Stricker (T-13), Nick Watney (T-20), Hunter Mahan (T-39) and Rickie Fowler (T-74).
All of which does little to help Love make his decision, but through the unfiltered magic that is Twitter, players can now make their case for selection in 140 characters or less directly to Captain America.
@HunterMahan (who has two wins on Tour this year but just one top-10 finish since April): “Forget the last four months, forget Celtic Manor and the ’10 matches, I beat @RoryMcIlroy in the WGC-Match Play, 2 & 1. ‘Nuf said.”
“Did you see the Oklahoma State game? How about them Cowboys. #84-0”
@RickieFowlerPGA: “What goes with orange? Everything. Just kidding, I’ll be waiting for your call. Who else are you going to pair with Bubba?”
“Guess who else beat @RoryMcIlroy on a Sunday this year? #WellsFargoChampionship”
@Sneds (Brandt Snedeker): “I know we’ve been texting a lot, but I really want to make this team. I’m playing well and I can putt a little bit (first in strokes gained-putting, one-putt percentage and putts per round).”
“Seriously, I can roll the rock like Ben Crenshaw and if I get left off one more team I’m going to flip out like Lindsay Lohan on a weekend pass.”
@TigerWoods: “I’ve got seven letters for you S-T-R-I-C-K-S. Good luck tonight skipper, you’ll need it. BTW, you should pair me with Phil . . . LOL.”
@Sneds: “Did I mention I can putt?”
@LukeDonald: “Pick whoever you want, the U.S. side still doesn’t stand a chance against us. And, for the record, Chicago is my town . . . wait, what? This wasn’t a DM (direct message)?”
@Strickernews (Steve Stricker): “Let me know what time to call into the press conference on Tuesday. I’ll be in the deer stand.”
@RoryMcIlroy: “I wasn’t kidding at The Barclays, I really want to play @TigerWoods on Sunday @ Medinah. #Seriously”
@5-0PresidentsCup (Jim Furyk): “Yo DLIII, check out my Twitter handle. Get it? I was 5-0 last year at Royal Melbourne and haven’t missed a Ryder Cup since ’97.”
@Ollie (European captain Jose Maria Olazabal): “You should pick Padraig Harrington because there was no way I was going to pick him. #EurosRule”
@BoomBoom (assistant captain Fred Couples): “What time should I announce the picks? Ha ha. #MJForPresident”
@BubbaWatson: “Whoever you pick make sure they are down with pink and #awesome. #URWelcome”
@DJohnsonPGA (Dustin Johnson): “I am a big, hairy American winning machine.”
“I hear that (European pick) Nicolas Colsaerts is long. If you say so.”
“Word is @Love3d is setting Medinah up for bombers, or as I like to call it TPC DJ.”
@SwedishRedneck (Carl Pettersson): “Well, since I can’t play for Europe I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask. #GleneaglesIn2014”
@Rube (Nick Watney): “Is Twitter the same as FaceBook?”
@Love3d (Love): “Can someone tell me again how to ‘block’ an account?”
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