CHASKA, Minn. – After making his captain’s picks, the second hardest duty for a Ryder Cup captain is deciding who has to sit out each session.
For Davis Love III and the U.S. team, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker, J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore will not play Friday’s foursome session.
“The hardest thing is sitting out a player,” Love said. “Darren had the same struggle. We talked about it last night. To go to those other four guys that I have sitting out in the morning and tell them they are not playing, be ready for your next chance, it's hard to do.”
Clarke’s decision was probably a little easier than Love’s. The European team includes six rookies and captains generally try to avoid sending first-time Ryder Cup players out in the first session, particularly a foursome match which is considered the most difficult for many players.
All four of the European players who will sit on Friday morning are rookies – Chris Wood, Matt Fitzpatrick, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Danny Willett – but Clarke did say he hopes to play all 12 of his players on Friday.
“So in terms of playing everybody tomorrow, in an ideal world, is that what I would like to do; is that what Davis would like to do? I think if truth be told, we would say yes,” Clarke said. “That may happen; it may not happen. It all depends on how the match is progressing.”