Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker Makes His Picks, Still Has Cause For Concern | Dog Leg News

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Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    baxter cepeda

    This could change things for me with stricks. Not taking Reed makes the hair in the back of my neck stand out. This already puts sticks on the hot seat 17 days out. Exciting is not the word I think of with Scottie …or Harris.

    But like Tom says forget the 6 picks; 5 of the automatic qualifiers have issues one way or another.

    And the 6th auto guy just climbed the pga tours proverbial Mount Everest by winning the whole thing so fatigue/letdown is very possible and therefore in 17 days it’s not likely we see the same form from Patrick Cantlay.

    All this before the typical stuff the US deals with against Europe. They are a stringer team. The American guys see each other plenty and are like a Jordan drive are friendly enough…most of the time. Europe just masters chemistry and breathes fire at the Ryder cup, which makes it hard for the Us to keep up; and we are only making it harder leaving our best fire breathers at home.

    Its early and never say never but After this first glance the prediction here is yet another euro win. If that happens I will be the first to remind our captain he left captain America and the second greatest player since the 90s —months after winning a 6th major— sitting on the dock.

    Go USA!

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      Tom Edrington

      When Stricker explained that the “automatic six” along with the vice captains and some sort of scouts had a lot of input, understandable that Reed was left off…..is he even healthy enough to play 36 holes a day for two days? I think the health issue had a factor and his poor play over the past few months…..I”m also leery of that Koepka wrist injury…..also I think they passed on Kevin Na because he’s not “one of the guys”…..Scottie Scheffler didn’t win for a reason…..under pressure his miss goes pretty far left and he doesn’t make the critical putts (the formula for previous US losses); I love underdogs which usually puts me admiring the Europeans and having spent quality time in Scotland, I appreciate the Europeans.

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        baxter cepeda

        I appreciate them also. They leave egos at the door. More importantly they know how to pick a team. They don’t pick the everyday studs whom become donkeys when it matters most. Sheffler is an imposing fella but has literally never won on tour. Na on the other hand despite his lack of distance, which was the out given for not choosing him has won since Scottie has been on tour.
        English as I’ve said has gotten more fiery, which is actually a good thing for the Ryder cup. Reed has it. Even Phil has it.
        The concern for this US team is that it was too chalky chosen to avoid drama.
        When herb brooks picked his miracle on ice team he didn’t ask anyone what they thought, much less the players. Analytics meant nothing to anyone then, but it’s hard to believe brooks would care now. Brooks wasn’t scared to pick passionate guys. Stricks is kinda doing the opposite of all that; picking quite sleepy guys.

        We can go back and forth about a ton of guys but Reed belonged on the team regardless of anything. If no one else Reed could have been paired with Bryson and made an extremely formidable, in your face pairing.


          Tom Edrington

          Baxter: At the end of the day, it was probably a question as to whether Reed could play 36 holes a day…..I think his performance (lack thereof) in the last Ryder Cup was an issue along with his shenanigans……sadly, Captain America has demoted himself to Private America.


            baxter cepeda

            Good line. He could handle it. I think Steve is just scared of strong personalities. He picked a bunch of quiet guys. We will see if that plan works or backfires. GC was very supportive but both PTI stars said Steve opens himself to criticism if his picks aren’t strong.

          2. Tom Edrington

            The way it sounds to me, it was pick by committee — the “automatic six” had major input as did the vice captains and the “secret talent scouts” whoever the heck they were. Given the rankings of the US players, if they don’t win easily, it’s all on them!

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    baxter cepeda

    I’ll be happy with a narrow win at this point. I get no one wants to blame Steve for anything, because he is sick a nice man, but if the US come out as sleepy as they look, it won’t matter if he consulted everyone on earth, absolutely will be on him.

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      Tom Edrington

      The captain doesn’t miss any putts, doesn’t hit any wayward drives and has no control over how good or bad his guys might play — that’s on the players — except for Bryson, who has never accepted any accountability for a bad shot, it’s always some sort of chasm in the universe that threw off his calculations.

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        baxter cepeda

        This Captain left captain America off the team.
        And lefty.
        And Na with his 5 pga tour wins.
        Meanwhile Sheffler has nan.

        Captains decisions are very important. Often it comes down to the players hitting the shots but sometimes it is lost in the captains room. U know the history so I won’t elaborate.


          Tom Edrington

          Decision makers in this go-round: Stricker, vice captains, “secret scouts”…..no one know who those scouts are; But I would have left Reed off as well, bad behavior and anti-team display at last Ryder Cup…..there should be consequences for bad behavior….Reed thinks he “entitled” looking at his performance over the four months coming in — pretty miserable. I preferred Na over Scheffler.

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