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captain Davis Love III filled out his roster of assistants on Monday by adding
Scott Verplank and Jeff Sluman. Far more interesting is his decision in three
weeks when he picks four Americans who will be hitting shots and trying to win
back the cup at Medinah. For the first time since 2006, the PGA Championship did
nothing to change the standings in the final qualifying event for the U.S. team.
Tiger Woods was No. 1 on the list of eight automatic qualifiers, with
Phil Mickelson holding down the final spot. Love announces his four captains
picks Sept. 4, the day after the second FedEx Cup playoff event. He indicated
that the next three players in the standings—Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker and
Jim Furyk—were likely selections, calling them “high on the list.” As for the
rest of them? “We have three weeks to watch them,” Love said. “We have a chance
to watch a guy get hot. How are these guys playing now that they can relax and
dont have to try to make points. Now they are shifting gears a little bit. And
we want to see how they play. Obviously, we dont have to go tell them that they
are under the gun. They know that theres three more tournaments.”
Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas are the only players under serious consideration
who are competing this week in Greensboro, N.C. The real emphasis begins the
following two weeks at The Barclays, which features the top 125 on the PGA Tour
at Bethpage Black; and the Deutsche Bank Championship. The other qualifiers were
Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Master champion Bubba Watson; and Ryder Cup newcomers
Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson. Dufner and
Bradley will be playing for the first time in any cup competition. Love said he
is looking at a little bit of everything—Ryder Cup experience, good form and
an eye toward potential pairings. Of the players who missed out on qualifying,
Stricker would seem to have the least to worry about. He was one stroke short of
bumping Mickelson off the team—though Stricker birdied the 18th, so his hopes
were over before he got to that hole. Even so, he has been Woods partner the
last three cup competitions, and they went 2-1 as a tandem in Wales at the last
Ryder Cup. “I think if you look back over the last few Ryder Cups and Presidents
Cups, Tiger and Steve Stricker have been a really good pairing,” Love said.
“They are both very comfortable with it.” Rickie Fowler, who missed the cut at
Kiawah Island and has had three rounds in the 80s over his last 15 rounds, is
close friends with Watson. Then again, Watson and Simpson were a strong pairing
at Royal Melbourne in the Presidents Cup last year. “Its important to fit in as
a team,” Love said. “I certain saw that firsthand watching Corey (Pavin) pick
the team. You certainly have to consider pairings when you pick a guy. You
certainly dont want to pick a guy that you dont know who hes going to play with.
You dont want to pick a guy thats not going to be comfortable and a team
leader.” Woods was a captains pick in 2010, returning from a year filled with
turmoil off the course. He is a three-time PGA Tour winner this season, and Love
says he has evolved into a quiet leader in the team room. “I think he used to
think he had to win every match,” Love said. Europes qualifying period is still
two weeks away, ending at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles on Aug.
26. European captain Jose Maria Olazabal will make his two captains picks the
next day. The biggest change for Europe at Kiawah Island was Ian Poulter moving
inside the top 10, though Olazabal was likely to pick him anyway. Olazabal has
not announced any of his vice captains. Love now has Fred Couples, Mike Hulbert,
Sluman and Verplank. Sluman, a former PGA champion, never played in a Ryder Cup.
He was Jack Nicklaus top assistant during three straight Presidents Cup matches
and is well-respected by the players. Verplank competed in two Ryder Cups and
won both singles matches. Love is playing in Greensboro, and he could qualify
for at least the first playoff event at The Barclays. Hell be watching potential
picks, yet preaching to them to just play golf. “I think its going to end up
coming down to just a gut decision of how guys played,” Love said. “Im not going
to go finish my round and go start watching them and make them nervous. Well
know how they are playing by their scores and by what they tell us.” Ray Lewis
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extended his season-opening winning streak to three titles in World Cup two-man
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than a quarter century gave the struggling Chicago Cubs pitcher all the help he
needed.GOLD COAST, Australia – The Canadian national team beat Australia 4-1 on
Monday in the finale of a five-game exhibition series in preparation for this
months Olympic baseball qualifying tournament. Jimmy VanOstrand of Richmond,
B.C., doubled, homered and scored twice while starter Jonathan Lockwood of
Toronto allowed one hit and struck out two over three innings. Jamie Richmond of
Mississauga, Ont., allowed two hits over three innings. Alexandre Picard of St.
Eustache, Que., gave up the lone run on three hits over two innings. “It was a
good outing for everybody today,” said Canada manager Terry Puhl. Dennis Pitta Super bowl Jersey. “Lockwood was
outstanding and hes going to be a workhorse for us going forward. Richmond did
what he always does and Periard was solid as well.” David Corrente of Chatham,
Ont., had a solo homer for Canada, who finished the series with a 3-1-1 mark.
The Olympic qualifier, where three berths for the Beijing Games are up for
grabs, runs March 7-15 in Taipei. “We have all the tools here to get it done,”
said Puhl. “We just need to stick to our game and well get the results that we
want.”  ’ ’ ’ 

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