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NEW YORK —Brandt Snedeker had nothing more than big hopes and another strong
finish when he left the TPC Boston, expecting to wait deep into the night for a
phone call from Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III that would determine if he was
on the U. Emmitt Smith Camo Jersey .S. team. “I had no
clue one way or another,” Snedeker said Tuesday. “Got on the plane, got here to
Indianapolis and got a voicemail from Davis just asking if I brought my putter
from Boston and if I wanted to be on the team. I was just so excited. Couldnt
hardly sleep last night. Just a huge, huge thing for my career.” Snedeker was
among four players whom Love selected to fill out his 12-man Ryder Cup team. The
captain also took a pair of veterans, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker, and
Dustin Johnson, who showed the hottest hand over the past two weeks and who Love
said was “perfect for Medinah.” The Ryder Cup is Sept. 28-30 at Medinah outside
Chicago, which has hosted the PGA Championship twice since 1999 and is known as
a power golf course. Tiger Woods won two majors there. More than power, however,
Love emphasized putting. Stricker is regarded as one of the best in the game,
and Snedeker is not far behind, as he showed at the British Open and during his
charge up the leaderboard the past two weeks at Bethpage Black and the TPC
Boston. “Ive been saying a lot that we need hot putters, and there really has
not been a hotter putter on tour since the British Open,” Love said, referring
to Snedeker, one of four Ryder Cup rookies for the U.S. There was just as much
talk about who didnt make the team. Hunter Mahan, whose two PGA Tour wins this
year included the Match Play Championship when he beat Rory McIlroy, was leading
the Ryder Cup standings after the Masters and still didnt qualify for the eight
automatic spots. He had to rely on a pick after he missed the cut in the PGA
Championship, and then he missed the cut at The Barclays and was in the middle
of the pack at the Deutsche Bank Championship. “The Ryder Cup has been a goal
for every American player, and its disappointing not to be a part of it,” Mahan
said Tuesday from the BMW Championship in Indiana. “Ive been part of the last
five teams, so it hurts not to be a part of it, and it feels a little empty
right now. Its tough because Ive still got two events to play, and they dont
feel quite as important as I want them to be right now.” Also left off was
Rickie Fowler, who picked up his first PGA Tour win this year at Quail Hollow
and turned in the most dynamic American performance at Wales two years ago when
he won the last four holes to earn a halve that kept alive the American chances.
Love said all the players who didnt make the team handled the news well. “It was
tough to leave anybody off,” he said. “This is probably the deepest, strongest
year of earning points that I have seen. There was a lot of guys that played a
lot of really good golf, and you can analyze the number up and down and back and
forth. ... Theres four great players that we picked that are all playing very
well and bring a lot to the team. And it was definitely a tough call for me.”
Indeed, both teams are as stacked as ever. The eight players who qualified three
weeks ago for the U.S. team are Woods, Jason Dufner, Masters champion
Bubba Watson, U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley, Zach Johnson,
Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson. They have combined to win 12 times this year,
including two majors and a World Golf Championship. Its a far cry from last
time, when none of the picks by Corey Pavin was playing particularly well. Never
before has the Ryder Cup featured so many of the best players. All 24 players
from both teams are among the top 36 in the world; the Ryder Cup will have 13 of
the top 15 players. “To have 24 players of the top 36 is mind-boggling,” Furyk
said. “As Davis said, really happy with our team. Its really strong, but we have
our hands full. Theres a strong team on the other side, and well have to play
them real tough.” Europe has won six of the past eight times, but only twice on
American soil in the past 20 years. If some of the picks were a surprise, Love
sounded as though this was the group he wanted all along. He had dropped strong
hints that Stricker and Furyk, who had qualified for the past 14 U.S. teams
(Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup) would be on his side. Turns out he was leaning
toward Snedeker and Johnson, too. “I laid it out early on what I thought we
needed, and we stuck with it,” Love said. “I need Jim Furyk. I need
Steve Stricker. All of the guys on the team will benefit from those guys being
in the team room, being in the locker room. And then you cant argue with the
golf that Brandt and Dustin have been playing.” Love said his idea for how the
team was coming together did not change much from Kiawah Island, the final
qualifying event. “Who we were thinking about didnt really change much,” he
said. “I think it just solidified with Brandt and Dustin, that they really
played well under the pressure. They just confirmed what we were thinking. They
held up under tough pressure. They played a lot of great golf since the PGA
Championship. I think we were just delaying the inevitable, waiting until the
last minute to study for the test. I think we were pretty close back at the
PGA.” Furyk is the only player on the U.S. team who has not won this year.
Snedeker and Johnson had a short season to qualify for the team. Snedeker had a
rib injury that forced him to miss five tournaments he typically plays,
including the U.S. Open. In his second event back, he tied the course record at
Royal Lytham & St. Annes with a 64 to take the 36-hole lead, and wound up
tied for third with Woods. After failing to make the team, Snedeker was
runner-up at Bethpage Black and sixth at the TPC Boston. “Needless to say, its
been a couple pressure-packed weeks for me but its all worth it,” Snedeker said.
“I look forward to getting to Medinah and trying to make Davis look like a
genius.” Johnson missed nearly three months in the spring, including the
Masters. Two weeks after he returned, he won the St. Jude Classic, extending his
streak of winning at least one PGA Tour event every season since leaving
college. Not since Woods has a player had a streak that long. Johnson tied for
third at The Barclays and tied for fourth with Mickelson last week at Boston. “I
thought I made my case pretty solid,” Johnson said. Europe completed its team
last week—McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Francesco
Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Peter Hanson, Sergio Garcia and
Martin Kaymer. Jose Maria Olazabal used his two captains picks on Ian Poulter
and Nicolas Colsaerts. Europe will have only one rookie—Colsaerts, one of the
games longest hitters. “Theyre going to be tough, they are every year,” Love
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Eric Gagne says that performance enhancing drug use was rampant within the
clubhouse of the Los Angeles Dodgers when he played there. “I was intimately
aware of the clubhouse in which I lived. I would say that 80 percent of the
Dodgers players were consuming them,” Gagne wrote in his French-language book
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a Major League record 84 straight saves, won the Cy Young in 2003, when he saved
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