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    baxter cepeda

    For me Phil is in. Horses for courses. Whistling straits has a lot of similarities to Kiawah. He’s a great leader. Great for chemistry. Phil absolutely belongs.

    Reed is in as well if he shows health and form at East Lake. The man made the tour championship without playing the first two silly quadruple point playoff events. And he is still 7-3-2 in the Ryder cup. Also the man puts on a show like few can. Whether you think the Ryder cup is serious stuff or just an exhibition, Reed belongs.

    The final pick is the tough one for me. Simpson is getting mentioned a lot but he is 4-4-1 in 3 Ryder Cup appearances the US lost …so nothing to get excited about. In fact it’s a big yawn.

    It’s going to be tough to keep Berger out but another yawn type player may do just that in Harris English. The Bulldog has done what he needed to do in becoming more of a bulldog; which btw is one of the first big time schools to have already expressed serious interest in a young lady going to the upcoming first tee open at pebble beach.

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      Tom Edrington

      I think you’re the only person I’ve heard from who thinks Phil is in, I don’t think Phil thinks he’s in because he’s already volunteered to be a Vice Captain…

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        baxter cepeda

        Unfortunately it is looking bad for Phil.

        “For me”Meant what I would do this time; not what I think Steve will do. Sorry I should have been more clear.

        With Phil I’m still at: so your saying there’s a chance.

        I really do think Phil should be in. And I’m still hoping he will. I think he could be the difference maker.

        Aside from the well documented intangibles Phil brings, the major he won this year, his 6th, a Ryder Cup record which includes a winning singles record (8-6-1) and a solid .500 4 ball record (8-8-2), The most notable argument for Phil is the horses for courses one.

        Whistling straits is a windy course with difficult green complexes…right up Phils alley. There’s a lot of reasons Phil won the pga this year, the same reasons he could do great on this course.

        Mickelsons record in the 3 pga championships at Whistling Straits:
        6th in 2004, 2 back of Vijay.
        12th in 2010 5 back of Kaymer.
        18th in 2015 when Day hit his peak.

        That’s a Great record. But The experience alone is notable. So I’m just saying there should be a chance.

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