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 willannounce 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 (-7): Continues to set the pace for Ryder Cup hopefuls, following up his 67 with a Saturday 68. TPC Boston sets up well for this long hitter, and he seems to have made the best impression through two rounds here.
Steve Stricker (-4): The always-steady Stricker already seems a lock for the team, given his formidable partnership with Tiger Woods, but he’s showing the captain that he’s in good form, too.
Brandt Snedeker (-3): May benefit from not having the spotlight on him in the final two rounds, after sharing the stage with Woods early at TPC Boston. Have to think that, at some point, Woods will share his thoughts on the experience with Love.
Hunter Mahan (-2): Turned in an over-par round Saturday, but at least he ended an untimely run of two consecutive missed cuts. Still needs a solid final two rounds to show that the two-time winner this season warrants a selection.
Jim Furyk (-1): Can’t seem to get anything going at TPC Boston, where on Saturday he made three birdies, two bogeys and a double. Given his Ryder Cup experience, however, it still seems likely that he’ll receive a pick.
Nick Watney (-1): Also playing with Woods, Watney rebounded from an over-par start to post a 69 and give himself two more chances to prove that last week’s win at The Barclays wasn’t a fluke.
Rickie Fowler (+1): In danger of missing the cut in Boston and possibly torpedoing his chances for a wild-card selection, Fowler scrapped together a 72 to keep playing.