CARMEL, Ind. – U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will announce three of his four wildcard picks Monday morning, but Phil Mickelson insinuated Sunday that the decision has already been made.
Perhaps even weeks ago.
Mickelson said that the difference with this team is that the Americans have a “real game plan” which suggests that Love isn’t waiting until the 11th hour to make a decision.
“We know who is going to be playing with who, when they’re going to be playing, what matches,” Mickelson said.
And crucial to that game plan, apparently, is assistant captain Tiger Woods.
“I am so happy to see how well he has thought this through,” Mickelson said of Woods. “I can’t believe our conversations just this week, how detailed he is and the pairings, the possibilities, the players. Not just what matches they’re going to play, but where on the list. He has got us really a good, solid game plan that is easy to buy into and get behind. I’m very impressed.”
The 12-man European Ryder Cup team was announced Aug. 29. Rory McIlroy said recently that it was a “little strange” that the Americans are waiting so long to finalize the team – three of the four picks are made Monday, with Love reserving the final selection until Sept. 25, after the final round of the Tour Championship.
Mickelson described the protracted process as merely a “contingency” plan.
“Just in case somebody gets really hot,” he said, “we still have the option to add somebody that we didn’t expect to play at that level and we want to ride the hot hand.”