Ryder Cup 2016: Rickie Fowler wins U.S. wildcard after FedEx Cup blow

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The 28-year-old was the first of Love's initial three wildcard selections, with Matt Kuchar and J.B Holmes also being announced at a press conference on Monday.

The victor of four events on the PGA or European Tours since May 2015, including last year's Players Championship, Fowler is one of the most recognisable figures in the game and boasts top-five finishes in all four majors. Holmes has played in one other Ryder Cup, and it was a resounding success.

Love, the losing captain from 2012 in Chicago, has previously said Woods told him weeks ago who he wanted on the team.

"Experience is good. We know what to expect. The captain's job is to make tough decisions".

Though Watson has one more event, the climax of the FedEx Cup at Eastlake next week, to persuade the skipper of his value, it would appear that decision has already made already.

If that's the case, Jim Furyk is the comfortable fit who gets the pick, and it's looking like this team is being built for comfort with players getting a lot of say in who's in and who's out.

"We found no weaknesses in his game", Love said of Fowler.

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Despite being one of Love's vice-captains, I thought Furyk would have a good chance of a wild card.

World number nine Fowler, 27, a triple victor on the PGA Tour, was a member of the 2010 and 2014 teams and has always been a popular figure among his peers. Ryder Cup merchandise shop; 24,200 sq. ft. media center; a members' tent that will accommodate Hazeltine National Golf Club Members; numerous PGA partner and vendor tents; and the event's opening and closing ceremonies.

For JB Holmes, it will mark his second time playing at the Ryder Cup. Fowler nearly made the team on points but the truth is he's far from his best now, and his form's been steadily slipping, as he showed in finishing 59th in a field of 68 at the BMW Championships, to miss out on the Tour's playoff finale in Atlanta. He went 2-0-1 in 2008 at Valhalla, the last time the USA defeated Europe. "It's going to be pretty incredible getting to play in front of a home crowd".

By definition, the final U.S. Ryder Cup captain's pick should be based on what happens next week at East Lake.

Kuchar will make a fourth Ryder Cup appearance, while Holmes returns to feature for the first time since playing in the US winning team in 2008. I get to make three fun phone calls yesterday, and one more fun phone call. Imagine Tiger Woods being a playing [assistant] captain. He tied for fourth at the Masters and finished solo third at the Open Championship, but missed the cut at the PGA, U.S. Open and The Players. Exhibit A: ESPN's 2015 anonymous poll of Tour players found Watson the runaway victor for least-likely-to-be-helped-in-a-fistfight.

"I still have massive love for the European Tour and I'm going to watch Hazeltine with a sort of sadness that I can't be part of that".