Fowler, Holmes, Kuchar named U.S. Ryder Cup picks

Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:02pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) - United States captain Davis Love III focused on "what fits best for our team" in naming Rickie Fowler, JB Holmes and Matt Kuchar on Monday as three of his four wildcard picks for this month's Ryder Cup against Europe.

Love, who notably overlooked world number seven Bubba Watson, will announce his final selection on Sept. 25, after the PGA Tour's season-ending Tour Championship finishes in Atlanta, to round out his 12-man team.

"These three guys are who we really all wanted," Love said, referring to his four assistant captains, during a news conference at this year's Ryder Cup venue, Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota.

"We are very confident in them and we are excited that we have our 11 players now and we can move on. This was a tough decision. There were many great choices ... and we have another tough decision coming up in two weeks."

World number nine Fowler, 27, a triple winner on the PGA Tour, was a member of the 2010 and 2014 teams and has always been a popular figure among his peers.

Holmes, 34, known for his prodigious length off the tee, has made just one previous appearance for his country in the Ryder Cup, in 2008 when the U.S. last tasted victory over Europe.

Kuchar, 38, who is renowned for his consistency from tee to green and an uncanny ability to grind out top-10 finishes, has featured in the last three Ryder Cups.

"Rickie, he is so excited to be on the team again," said Love. "We found no weaknesses in his game, and he's such a great team mate. He's really confident on the big stages ... he brings a lot of intangibles to our team.   Continued...

Sep 11, 2016; Carmel, IN, USA;  Rickie Fowler hits his second shot on the 18th hole during the final round at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick GC. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports