If Stricker wants to win, the only way Phil is there is as an asst. captain. Webb should be in the running with the ones you mentioned tooCaptain gets 6. Spieth and Reed are automatics. Phil gets the call as a salute to history. Finau, Cantlay and Berger would round it out.
I'm sorry but a list without Brooks can't be serious. Top 10 in 12 of the last 16 majors is possibly the best stat in historyWe probably do not know enuf about this. I would put folks on it that are motivated, great competitors and are enjoyed by other members - the last being the least important criteria.
My current 6 would be
I would take Berger over Finau. Just me.I'd hate to see Finau left out. The guy is built for fourball, just a birdie machine.
There is no way Stricker leaves the reigning PGA champion off the squad.
English, Cantlay, Berger, Simpson, Horschel........I don't really have a preference for the last two. Which two bring along the best eye candy......that would influence my choice. In that category I'll take Cantlay and Berger. If Fowler could string a couple of wins then Stokke would be a must add.
Poulter absolutelyEuro team gonna look like
I'd say those 9 are locks
Perez may make the automatics over lowry
Great point on SheffTaking Phil would say to me that the US isn't serious about winning. Outside of that miracle week in May, he's been non-competitive on tour for 3 or 4 years. He was trounced at the last RC and his record is pretty mediocre anyway. If you want him for the team room, great, make him a vice capt.
After the first 6, Spieth and Reed are easy choices. So are Finau and Cantlay IMO. For the last 2, it's Berger, Webb, Billy Ho (just because he won the match play), then Harris English. I would pick Scheffler over all 3 of those guys. His record in big events is phenomenal, but overshadowed by how ridiculous Morikawa has been and the lack of a win
The euros are in a period of transition it seems with Sergio, Stenson, Rose, Westwood, and Poulter all kind of in the twilight of their careers. Will be interesting to see what players rise to the occasionAs a golf fan, I'd like to MacIntyre get in. Kid has enormous potential and I'd like to see a young gun on the Euro side.
Will be be a trendy pick and he should be, think he's more relatable to the blue collar fan than any other AmericanThe euros are in a period of transition it seems with Sergio, Stenson, Rose, Westwood, and Poulter all kind of in the twilight of their careers. Will be interesting to see what players rise to the occasion
I'd also like to see the US pick Zalatoris. Not because he deserves it, though it was debatable a couple of months ago, but so we can all ridicule the PGA Tour for their ridiculous restrictions on his lack of membership and playoff eligibility
Lots of guys he'd have to pass just to be considered, can't see today doing that