Ryder Cup: American Steve Stricker to ask automatic qualifiers for advice on captain’s six picks | Golf news
Steve Stricker will captain the United States in the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in September; the 54-year-old will have six captain’s choices instead of the usual four after the event was postponed for a year; Stricker: “I want everyone to know who these six choices will be”
Last update: 07/08/21 8:24 am
Steve Stricker says he will seek advice from players who earn automatic berths on the U.S. Ryder Cup squad on how he should use his six captain’s picks for this year’s event.
In a typical Ryder Cup year, eight players would qualify and the bottom four would be chosen by the captain.
But with the Ryder Cup postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 12-player roster will now include six automatic qualifiers after the BMW Championship in August, with Stricker selecting the final six after the Tour Championship in early September. .
“I will have the opportunity to sit down with these six [automatic] players, ”Stricker said. “Once the top six are on the squad, I plan to see those six players and get their feedback on the next six that we’re going to pick.
“I want it to be a team effort. I want everyone to know who those six picks will be and make them a team, a real team deal.”
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The top six places are currently occupied by Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Xander Sc Chaudele. The next six are Patrick Reed, Harris English, Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau, Jordan Spieth and Daniel Berger – the only one of the top twelve in this week’s John Deere Classic heading into the Open Championship.
There are several other names Stricker will consider including just winning the PGA Championship Phil Mickelson, former major champion Webb Simpson, two-time winner this season Jason Kokrak and rising stars Scottie Scheffler, Sam Burns and Will Zalatoris. , among others.
“Yeah, there are a lot of guys out there, but I think it’s gonna shake things up,” Stricker said. “I don’t think it will be any more difficult at all.
“It’s my plan for the future. But I don’t think it will be more difficult if it was four or six.”
In addition to overseeing plans for the September Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Stricker is also looking to add individual silverware to his loot and will continue his hunt for the John Deere Classic this week.
Stricker won the 2019 US Senior Open in record fashion, but has not struggled with the decision to skip the event this year in order to play in the 50th edition of the John Deere Classic, which is only three hours away. drive from home and an event he won three times in a row from 2009 to 2011.
He admitted that he lost distance at 54 and now hits his approach shots in different places than in previous years at TPC Deere Run.
Stricker called his attempt to win the event for the fourth time a “big order,” but with Berger the only top 20 player on the pitch, Stricker is among the top 11 favorites heading into the tournament.
“It’s a special week here,” he said. “It’s been 50 years here for the John Deere Classic. Having this tournament meant so much to me over the years, it felt like a no-brainer to come back here and play here.
“It’s a special place for me and my family.”
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