And the U.S. Ryder Cup picks are…

Rickie Fowler -- will he have to declare his hair when he enters the U.K.?

Corey Pavin just announced his four captain’s picks — not surprisingly they include Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, and Zach Johnson. Oh, and perhaps a little more surprising — rookie Rickie Fowler. Thoughts?

I think Johnson is a solid pick, and Cink has played well lately. Woods was a bit of a question mark, but has seen his game come together in recent weeks. Fowler is a rookie and one has to wonder how he’ll deal with the pick.

Pavin said the decision didn’t take that long — and that he ran it by all the members of the team.

On Fowler, Pavin said: “He’s deserving. It just came down to feelings. I had a feeling about Rickie… he’s a very good player and there were a lot of very good players I had to look at.”

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  • Only one of these four has a win this year, Johnson at Colonial. Cink has three top tens all year and the last one in June. He’s also outside the top 50 in earnings this year. It’s shocking that the U.S. has so little depth that these players essentially made it by default, rather than by playing themselves in. You could argue that Cink or Fowler shouldn’t be there, but who would you put in their place? AK coming back from injury? Ryan Palmer? Lucas Glover? There isn’t a name that leaps out.

  • Funny how azinger goes out and changes rules to help the US win in among other things…changing how many picks and when…they can be done.

    so he has a chance to get a hot hand…does he take a palmer?no. how bout a hoffman who just won? no.
    i get johnson….cink…he is just ok…woods..he doesnt even have a great career in ryder anyhow. he is a me person. good on his own.
    will he step it up? likely.
    but the fowler is baffling to me. why have a rule to take the hot guy and he takes someone very avg..with not one tour win..and only playing just ok lately..not lights out.
    i like fowler and his style..but ryder cup? really?

    this all just makes my rooting for euro that much easier.

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