Bubba Watson is not clubbable but he still has a strong Ryder Cup case | Ewan Murray


Davis Love III stressed team chemistry when naming his first three USA wildcards and Bubba Watson is a lone wolf but he should be considered for the fourth spot at Hazeltine

If you pay attention to subliminal messages, things don’t look good for Bubba Watson in a Ryder Cup context. Not only was the two-times Masters champion surprisingly omitted from Davis Love III’s first three wildcard picks for the United States team, there wasn’t much from the captain to suggest Watson will get the nod when it comes to the fourth.

Love didn’t name Watson at all when setting out his plans for Rickie Fowler, JB Holmes and Matt Kuchar at Hazeltine. He completely played down the notion that big hitting will be essential in Minnesota. Perhaps most surprisingly, Love appeared to minimise what impact performance in the upcoming Tour Championship will have on his last selection. It raises the question as to why the USA have accepted this elongated picks process at all.

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