Ryder Cup Mulligan: Love III Should Have Picked These Four Players

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Ryder Cup Mulligan: Love III Should Have Picked These Four Players
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Taking dead aim on new picks.

The final credits in the 2012 Ryder Cup movie have ended, and it's hard to go back and change the cast.

But it's time to take a mulligan and re-think the four captain's picks made by Davis Love III: Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Sendeker.  

When they were announced, they were called logical and sensible, and before the matches there were nods of approval from all fronts. But taking a closer look at the picks, it is clear that several mistakes were made as we look back at the matches.

The Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker pairing was a one-hit wonder and should not have been revisited. Woods and Striker were 6-2 in Ryder Cup play heading to Chicago. But their 0-3 streak took the WIndy City wind out of the American sails.

Take the big eraser to that notion that past partner combinations provide future results. Woods even apologized to the U.S. team's Ryder Cup rookies after the event.

Brandt Snedeker came in as the hottest player for the Americans. In the end, though, he looked like he was more concerned with cashing his check from the Tour Championship, as his late-season form never materialized. The Ryder Cup rookie appeared tired from playing  42 events in 23 weeks, or whatever his schedule allowed.

Dustin Johnson was counted on for his length at what everyone called a big ballpark (Medinah). He made a difference, earning a point in singles and teaming with Jason Dufner to claim another point in four-balls on Saturday.

He was the lone American captain's pick who played to expectations.

And so, taking dead aim at four new selections, here are the names Love III should have selected.

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