Now, a lot of us love the Ryder Cup and with the Captain’s Picks coming up today, I felt it was only right to post some pick predictions for both the U.S. and European squads! You ready? I hope you are! You don’t look ready….you aren’t ready. Oh well, I’ll pick anyway! Let’s gooo!
Team USA Picks:
Keegan Bradley – The 2011 PGA Championship winner has quickly become a threat in Ryder Cup play, especially when he’s with Phil Mickelson as proven at Medinah in 2012. He’s in the top 20 in three categories on the PGA Tour 2014 including driving distance (17th), scoring average (14th) and scrambling (14th). With the U.S. squad being loaded with accuracy/control style players, Tom Watson could definitely use Keegan’s pop off the tee….and his Air Jordan shoes.
Brendon Todd – The HP Byron Nelson champion has quietly become a solid player on Tour. He had a solid showing at the U.S. Open but got overshadowed by a historic performance by Martin Kaymer. Brendon is a putting machine, ranking sixth in strokes gained and is very accurate off the tee ranking in the top 50 in driving accuracy. The putting sold me on this pick. The U.S. won’t win if they can’t putt, and the would be Ryder Cup rookie would get the job done. He ranks 116th in Greens in Regulation but if he hits the greens, then he’ll be a major threat.
Hunter Mahan – This was kind of a tough choice with guys like Chris Kirk, Ryan Moore and Steve Stricker still on the board but Hunter is still one of the best golfers in the world. He’s impressively ranked in the top 50 in almost all of the key categories including Driving Distance (47th), Scoring Average (42nd), Driving Accuracy (37th), Greens in Regulation (32nd) and Strokes Gained (39th). Hunter is the whole package. Some may remember is down fall in the Ryder Cup in 2010 at Celtic Manor against Greame McDowell but Hunter is back and is looking to redeem himself and now I feel he’ll be dangerous with the extra experience he has.
Team Europe Picks:
Stephen Gallacher - A born Scotsman, Stephen has been playing some solid golf all year and deserves his spot on the European Ryder Cup squad. With multiple top 10′s on the European Tour, Stephen has become a very consistent player in golf. He also is a terrific driver averaging 296 yards off the tee in 2014 while also being a solid putter as well. He has two key aspects in golf that he’s fairly good at it. Paul McGinley wouldn’t be disappointed with this pick and with Stephen being at home, it gives him a major boost.
Luke Donald – The golf superstar who represents England and Chicago is another solid pick idea for captain McGinley. Although he’s been quiet in most aspects of his game lately, he’s still one of the most dangerous putters in the world and he’s a true pro who can also be somewhat of a leader out there for team Europe. When Luke is drilling putts, and driving with accuracy, he’s hard to stop. His flatstick who heat up annnyy minute.
Ian Poulter - Well duh, this has to be the most obvious choice of all of the picks. Hate him or love him, he brings an energy and excitement to team Europe that most players have never seen before. The Ryder Cup is where Poulter is at his best. He hasn’t had a great season on the PGA Tour in 2014 but in the Ryder Cup, he turns into a monster. Anytime Poulter is on your team, you know he’s going to put on a show. Ignore his stats, when he’s in the Ryder Cup, he’s a whole other animal. He is also one who has amazing putting ability when he’s on top of his game. His recovery isn’t too shabby either.
So there you have it! Who do you have for YOUR Ryder Cup picks? We’ll see the Captain’s Picks later today! Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio!